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Terri Thomas

Soprano

Biography

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A, Ms Thomas grew up in South Africa where she obtained her music degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was a soloist with English Country Opera in England and currently combines a full-time performing and teaching career in the USA.

She is on the vocal faculty of Westminster Conservatory of Music, the adult advisory committee for the Teen Arts Connection of the Monmouth County Arts Council, and gives lectures and seminars for Brookdale Community College, the Monmouth Arts Foundation Music Association, and The Jersey Shore Arts Center. Her experience in theatre includes Production, Assistant Directing, Stage Management and Supertitle co-ordination/operation. She is President of The Black Box Theater of Asbury Park and recently served as a juror for the Garden State Film Festival of New Jersey.

Television and radio appearances include a TV special for The Battleground Arts Center Showcase, Neighborhood Network Channel 70 for the Jersey Shore Arts Center and as a Guest Artist on Radio 88.1 FM hosted by Maureen Nevin. Ms Thomas was the voice of the excitable Diva in the independent film Rasbury by Bob Mataranglo recently shown at the Toronto, Coney Island, Wilton New Hampshire and Red Bank International Film Festivals. This year saw her theater debut performing in Katherine White's two woman play Hourglass Shrines showcased in the Woman's Playwright Festival, Asbury Park, NJ.

Opera appearances include the New Jersey State Opera and as a soloist with West Side Opera NYC, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra & American Musical Theatre, The Cadenza Duo, and English Country Opera with the Edinburgh String Quartet in Scotland. Reviewer B.A. Sweeney of The Herald noted her performance of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto as being "riveting and poignant" and her portrayal of Ann Putnam in Robert Ward's The Crucible (Brandenburg Opera, NYC) was noted for its vocal & dramatic integration.

Ms Thomas continues to develop her talent, refining the musical and theatrical portrayal of the characters she performs while deepening the expressivity of her own spirit and sharing her gifts and knowledge with young and old alike through teaching and lecturing.