Past Presidents

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Thomas Tatton (1994-98)

Dr. Tatton is a Suzuki and Rolland trained teacher. Now retired, he was violist and director of orchestras at Whittier College and the University of the Pacific.  He holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois.

As a leading authority on viola ensemble literature Dr. Tatton authored the chapter on viola ensembles found in Playing and Teaching the Viola: A Comprehensive Guide to the Central Clef Instrument and Its Music and has led viola ensemble classes, projects and performances worldwide. He authored the definitive article on the life and viola ensemble works of British composer Kenneth Harding, the authoritative review of the many different viola editions of Bach’s cello suites and, the groundbreaking article on the history of the Walton Concerto for Viola.  His many articles on string pedagogy and public school music education can be read in the CMEA Magazine.

In 2005 the California Music Educators Association named Dr. Tatton “Orchestra Educator of the Year” and in 2011 the CMEA Bay Section honored him as the  ”Outstanding Educator of the Year”.  In 1999, the American Viola Society honored Dr. Tatton with the Maurice Riley Award for Distinguished Service to the Viola and to the American Viola Society and, in 2004, the International Viola Society awarded him the “Silver Alto Clef