Abby Thomsen’s career is multifaceted, incorporating teaching, performing and administrative elements. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Ms. Thomsen was District Manager for Baldwin Piano Company and served on the accompanying faculty at the University of Akron (Ohio). She began her tenure at Baldwin overseeing and teaching group piano classes at the three Ford Motor Companies in Cleveland, Ohio. These classes were the arts elective component of an educational program provided by Ford for their employees to receive college degrees. These keyboard classes ultimately became the most popular and highest enrolled classes offered by the Ford Motor Company. From there Abby went on to become District Manager for Debut Music Systems, the education division of the Baldwin Piano Company. She traveled throughout the eastern part of the country as a spokesperson for the benefits of hands on music education in schools through group piano classes. She installed keyboard labs throughout this region and trained teachers in group piano teaching.
After relocating to Massachusetts, Abby established an acclaimed piano studio in Longmeadow and currently teaches students ranging from age 5 to 75. Many of her students have gone on to study music at Juilliard, Curtis and other prestigious schools, and have serious musical careers themselves. She has students in various other parts of the US whom she teaches over the internet. She has performed extensively as a collaborative pianist in recitals throughout the country and has served on the accompanying faculty of the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Thomsen has worked as musical director for numerous amateur and professional theater productions. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in performance from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Music in accompanying from the University of Akron. Today she continues to perform, accompany, and adjudicate piano professionally for schools, universities and festivals throughout the region. As a soloist, her piano arrangements of pop, classical, and show tunes are featured at area restaurants, private parties, and weddings. She frequently performs with her husband, Peter Thomsen, a singer, choral conductor, and sound recording engineer. During the time that Peter Thomsen was Director of Choral Music at Longmeadow High School, Abby was active in accompanying for the program, touring with the vocal ensembles in Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.