Location: Florida, USA
Dwight Thomas graduated with a B.M. from Butler University, Indianapolis, studying piano with Dorothy Munger and piano pedagogy with Steve Roberson and an M.M. from Indiana University, Bloomington, studying Organ and Church music with Marilyn Keiser and Robert Rayfield. Before moving to Florida in 1999, he served at several Indianapolis ecclesiastical institutions, and as an organ faculty member / resident organist at both Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University.
In addition to being a classically trained organist, Dwight is also an established theater organist, and was named "Theater Organist of the Year" by the American Theater Organ Society in 2006, and was staff organist playing the famous Wurlitzer organ at the Roaring 20's, Ellenton restaurant, until its closure in 2010.
As a concert organist, he has played recitals on major classical and theater organ installations in the U.S. and Great Britain, including York Minister and Westminster Abbey. He has been involved with several recording projects, with his recording, The All-American Music of Irving Berlin, being selected as one of the top 10 recordings of 1990 by TIME magazine.
Dwight also joined the illustrious company of Robert Schumann, Glenn Gould and Leon Fleischer; all keyboard musicians who have been afflicted with"focal dystonia", a neurological condition for which there is no cure. Dwight’s dystonia is focused on the right hand, where the fingers of the hand involuntarily curl under and form a fist while playing. Focal dystonia has ended the careers of many musicians, and while Dwight considers himself one of the lucky ones, with symptoms that have vastly improved, it is still a condition that influences his playing and life.
Dwight is currently Director of Music Ministries and Organist here at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg, Florida and in addition to his duties here, teaches organ at State College of Florida in Bradenton.http://www.facebook.com/dwight.m.thomas