114 Music Building 


John Thomasson, D.M.A.
Professor of Music

"I believe in treating each student with respect while creating a positive learning environment in the classroom, with engaged learning as the central pedagogical method. My goal is to lead the student toward individual mastery of his/her discipline through the creation of a sequence of structured activities that teach, and then reinforce skills and positive habits. I expect excellence in the classroom, and have high expectations for each student's success."

Dr. John Thomasson, bass-baritone, holds the doctorate in voice performance from the University of Iowa as well as performance degrees in Opera and German Art Song from the Mozarteum University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Thomasson joined the music faculty at Florida Southern College in 2002, where he teaches voice and German diction, and is the director of the Opera Theatre.

An active concert and operatic soloist, his performance credits include numerous operatic roles with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, the Salzburger Landestheater (Austria) and the Sűdostbayerisches Städtetheater in Passau (Germany), where his performance as the Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos was praised as "masterful" by the German opera magazine Opernwelt. He has performed in concert with orchestras and choral societies including the Lakeland Choral Society, Imperial Symphony, Lake Wales Chorale, Grosses Rundfunkorchester Berlin, Orquesta de la Catedral Primada de América (Dominican Republic), l'Orchestre de l'Académie de l'île Saint Louis (Paris), Orquesta Académica de Madrid, the Mozarteum Orchesta (Salzburg), and the Heidelberger Kantatenorchester, to name a few. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a past president of the Georgia chapter, Dr. Thomasson's students have performed with prestigious opera companies and theatres throughout the United States and Europe including Wolf Trap, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Chicago Lyric, Sarasota, Orlando Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Boston Lyric, The American Light Opera Company (New York); Opera Northeast (New York); Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (New York); Westchester Broadway Theater (New York); Fort Salem Theater (New York); Heritage Repertory Theater (Virginia); Seaside Music Theatre (Florida); and Central Florida Lyric Opera, among others.

Courses Taught

Studio Voice; Opera Workshop/Theatre; Vocal Pedagogy/Methods of Teaching Voice; German Diction; English Diction; Vocal Chamber Ensemble; Voice Performance Class; Perceptions of Opera


D.M.A., M. A.,  B. M.,  The University of Iowa
Opera Diploma, Lied and Oratoria Diploma, University Mozarteum Salzburg

Honors and Awards

Vice-President Tampa Bay National Association of Teachers of Singing - 2009

Board of Directors, Bach Festival of Central Florida

Member, Pi Kappa Lambda