She is a highly esteemed dulcimer teacher/performer who has been featured at countless dulcimer festivals such as The Swannanoa Gathering, August Dulcimer Daze, The Memphis Dulcimer Festival, Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival, Augusta Dulcimer Heritage Festival, Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival, Appalachian State University, Western Carolina Dulcimer Festival etc. As one of the founders and organizers of the Housatonic Dulcimer Celebration, Thomasina has been instrumental in helping to bring students, teachers, and other musicians together from all over the U.S. to celebrate the joy of making dulcimer music.
The mountain dulcimer is an indigenous American instrument that originated in the Appalachian mountains in the late 1700s to early 1800s. A member of the zither family, it is also called a lap dulcimer, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, or fretted dulcimer. Originally used to play traditional songs of the mountains, it is now an instrument played by accomplished musicians who perform musical styles on it ranging from Bach to Celtic to Gershwin to New Age.