SHERMAN — Lisa Thomas will present a Fulbright Lecture, “Understanding Native American Music from a Native Perspective,” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Craig Hall Recital Hall at Austin College. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching at Austin College, this lecture is based on Thomas’ experiences as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Arts and Humanities at the University of Alberta in 2017. There, she researched, collected, and catalogued ancient musical elements of the North American indigenous people.
Thomas, who is of Native American descent, has been the Austin College organist since 2011 and has taught “Native American Music and Culture of North America” during two January terms on campus. Now a resident of Van Alstyne, Texas, Thomas is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She holds master degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate of piano performance with related studies in ethnomusicology from the University of North Texas. She has recorded three CDs with the classical label Toccata Classics in London, including works based on Native American tribal melodies.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located in Sherman, is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.