Minister of Music Mary Thombs brings to Asbury Church a varied background in vocal, violin, piano, and organ performance as well as extensive experience in the teaching of violin, voice, and choral and string ensembles. She assumed the position of Minister of Music in April of 2006 after having served as Asbury’s Director of Children’s Music for eleven years. She has taught violin and voice for the Rivertowns Arts Council program in Hastings-on-Hudson since 1996 and has been a member of the voice faculty of The Dwight School’s Conservatory Program since 2006 (where she was formerly Director of Choral Studies). Previous faculty positions include the Elisabeth Morrow School (Englewood, New Jersey) and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music (Tenafly, NJ).
As a performer, Ms. Thombs is a former concertmaster of both the Sarah Lawrence Community Orchestra and the Sound Shore Orchestra in Mamaroneck has appeared with Musica Sacra in Carnegie Hall. She appears frequently in chamber settings and recitals as both a violinist and as a vocalist. Ms. Thombs received an AB in music from Bowdoin College, did graduate work in musicology at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and studied Suzuki pedagogy with some of New York’s most respected teachers.
Prior to her current work as a music educator and performer, Mary Thombs enjoyed a successful career as an arts administrator. She served as Administrator Director of the internationally-acclaimed Bowdoin Summer Music Festival from 1985-1996; Director of Development and Special Programs at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music for ten years; and Director of Development at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School in New York. She ran her own fundraising, publicity, and management services consulting firm for arts organizations from 1993-1999.