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Thomason, Daniel

 Person

Daniel Thomason is a professional viola, violin, and viola d'amore player from California who, along with Gordon Childs and Myron Rosenblum, co-founded the Viola d'Amore Society of America and currently serves as one of its directors.

Daniel Thomason was born in Culver City, California. He studied at Los Angeles State College and received a Master of Music in Viola Performances as well as a DMA in Viola d’Amore from the University of Southern California. Thomason studied violin with Robert Krantz, viola with Sanford Schonbach and Paul Doktor, and viola d’amore with Milton Thomas. He was a member of the Birmingham, Alabama Symphony, the 7th US Army Symphony Orhcesra, the Dallas Symphony and Opera Orchestras, the Roger Wagner Sinfonia, and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Glendale Symphony, the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra.

Thomason has not only soloed on the viola and viola d’amore in America and Europe but is also an active teacher on those instruments. He has taught music at the Manhattan Beach Schools and the Los Angeles Unified Schools for over 30 years. Thomason has also edited many original period instrument works from the 18th century. Along with Myron Rosenblum and Gordon Childs he formed the Viola d’Amore Society of America in 1977. He has been the co-director of this society ever since.
International Viola d'Amore Society, via WWW, July 14, 2014 (Daniel Thomason; b. in Culver City, California; studied at Los Angeles State College; studied with Robert Krantz, Paul Doktor, and Milton Thomas; member of the Birmingham, Alabama Symphony, the 7th US Army Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and Opera Orchestras, the Roger Wagner Sinfonia, and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra; currently a member of the Glendale Symphony, the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra; performed in America and Europe; taught at the Manhattan Beach Schools and the Los Angeles Unified Schools; helped co-found the Viola d'Amore Socity of America in 1977)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8507
Scope and Contents Contains materials pertaining to Gordon Childs’ research on, experience with, and study of, the viola d’amore. It includes his personal collection of viola d'amore music, his research on the viola d'amore, and other materials related to well-known contemporary viola d’amore players and composers. Dated 1602-2014 with the bulk being from 1935-1997.
Dates: Publication: 1602-2014; Publication: Majority of material found within 1935-1997

Gordon Childs papers on Daniel Thomason, 1782-1992, bulk: 1963-1992

 Sub-Series — oversize: 7, Folder: 3
Identifier: MSS 8507 Series 2 Sub-Series Sub- 7
Scope and Contents This subseries contains musical scores from Daniel Thomason’s personal music library that he gave to Childs. These scores are in the form of printed music, photocopies of original manuscripts and include Thomason’s own arrangements. The collection also contains a piece written for the very first viola congress that Childs performed with Thomason and Myron Rosenblum in June 1982. A couple of the musical scores also contain correspondence from Thomason to Childs in the form of handwritten and...
Dates: Publication: 1782-1992; Publication: Majority of material found within 1963-1992