The American pianist and cellist, Missy Thomas-Schmit, began her career in music at the age of 5. Studying in Boston, she was encouraged by her parents to practice and to develop the gift she had into something wonderful. At age 14, she and her family moved to Claremont, California, where she continued her studies under the supervision of Gary Davenport. After a brief break from music to study chemistry, get married and start a family, she returned to the piano and continued her musical studies at Scripps College and Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She is also a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, with her degree of Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.
Missy Thomas-Schmit loves sound, and loves recording and composing music. She will usually perform each instrument herself in the studio while recording, but welcomes other musicians to come and add their ideas and musicianship to her projects. The 'cello is featured frequently in her music, and it adds a unique and powerful edge to the intensity. In the worship setting, Missy has many years' experience in assisting leading worship and directing children, youth and adult choirs, and playing in and leading contemporary and traditional worship groups.
Missy Thomas-Schmit currently lives in Adairsville, Georgia, in the northwest region of the state, and is a wife and mother of two. She has her degree of Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, under the direction of Mrs. Helen Ramsaur. Her musical experience ranges from classical training and performing on the piano and the 'cello as a soloist and in orchestras to being a professional keyboardist in garage, alternative and progressive rock, blues, Gospel, country and pop bands.
As a teacher, Missy Thomas-Schmit brings her love for music and her passion for education to the studio. Her expectations are high and she believes that everyone who wants to learn music can do so. Since 1984 she has been teaching piano and music to students of all ages. Her students have had a wide range of successes - from those becoming professional musicians with solid careers in the music field to those who simply wish to satisfy a personal dream to be able to create and play the music that comes from their heart.
Missy Thomas-Schmit is a member of the American College of Musicians, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Music Teachers National Assocation, the Georgia Music Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Floyd Fine Arts Club, Mu Phi Epsilon Professional International Honors Music Fraternity, and is serving as 2nd Vice President of the Rome Music Teachers Assocation.