Classically trained pianist and teacher Christina Mathis began studying piano at the age of 6 and immediately fell in love! During her childhood, she studied with Kathi Lamb and later with Elbert Lingo, who created the Keyboard Artist Competition for Birmingham-area piano students to have the opportunity to showcase their gifts. During her college years, she studied with Melody Howell, Brett Dollar, and Dr. Jonathan Brown. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Judson College in Marion, Alabama; a Masters in Music Education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; and has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist and music educator.
Christina has more than 30 years of experience as a church musician having served in churches throughout the Southern US and is a published hymn arranger with Piano Pronto Publishing. You can find her arrangements at pianopronto.com/composers-community/christina-mathis/.
Christina has been a frequent collaborator in the North Alabama area, having accompanied for Samford University and The Academy of the Arts at Samford in Birmingham; several high school choirs, bands, solo events, and musical theater productions across Alabama; and as a staff accompanist at both the University of North Alabama in Florence and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, as well as pianist for the Shoals Chamber Singers in Florence.
In addition to her work as a collaborative pianist, Christina also has extensive experience as a music educator and adjudicator and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Piano. She has been teaching private piano lessons for more than 30 years and taught in private schools throughout Alabama for 13 years as a classroom music teacher and choral director. As a choral director, her high school choirs and ensembles frequently placed in state and national fine arts competitions. During her time as piano teacher at The School of Fine Arts in Decatur, Alabama, she began the annual Fine Arts Extravaganza fundraiser recital, presented by students of SoFA, and the Psalm 150 Faculty Recital Series, presented by SoFA music faculty members.
Ms. Mathis currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she is a DMA Candidate in Collaborative Piano at The University of Southern Mississippi, professor of piano and collaborative pianist at William Carey University, and maintains a thriving private teaching studio.