Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines is an alumna of Southwestern College, Class of 2002, graduating with a piano performance degree. After her graduation from SC, she furthered her studies at Wichita State University and the University of Alabama, culminating in a doctorate in piano performance. She is now a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and a member of the Music Teachers National Association. She is also a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner.
In 2019, she was selected as a Teacher of Distinction by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. Dr. Tham-Haines was also a lecturer of music at Oklahoma Baptist University, teaching class piano and applied piano there from 2017 to 2020. Previously, she has taught at the Oklahoma Conservatory of Music, Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, KS; Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, OK; Oklahoma City Community College; and the University of Central Oklahoma. She has twice been the guest clinician and conductor for the Walnut Valley Piano Teachers Association’s piano ensemble festival in 2012 and 2016. She has been a returning faculty member for Camp Allegro Wichita, specializing in beginner piano and piano ensembles.
Currently, she is the South-Central Division Certification Commissioner for MTNA. She is also the President of the Piano Artist Series Oklahoma City, continuing the legacy of Virginia Campbell. She is a national presenter on incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention® strategies to build a trauma-informed piano studio. She is also a part of the ergonomically-sized smaller piano keyboard international initiative and a private owner of a DS 5.5 Steinbuhler keyboard.
In addition to music, she is an active contra and ballroom dancer, enjoys photography, cooking, reading, and traveling. Dr. Tham-Haines is married to Patrick and is mom to Esther and Justin. They and their two Siamese cats, An-An and Bella, make their home in Edmond, OK.