Jonas Frederick Thoms

Raj Soin College of Business

Jonas Thoms

Instructor, horn

Creative Arts Center
(937) 775-2755

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Jonas Thoms is Instructor of Horn at Wright State University where he teaches applied horn, brass chamber music, and courses in music theory and music education. He performs in the resident faculty woodwind and brass quintets and with the WSU Chamber Orchestra. He has presented and performed at colleges throughout the country, including the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Ball State University, the University of Alabama, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Kentucky, and many others. He is a frequent guest artist and clinician at high schools in the region. Thoms has published articles in the Triad, presented at the International Horn Symposium, co-hosted the Northeast Horn Workshop in 2016 and hosted the Wright State University Horn Festival, and reviewed textbooks for W.W. Norton & Co. and Oxford University Press. Prior to WSU, he was on faculty at the University of Evansville and served as Principal Horn of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Currently a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Thoms has previously held positions in the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky-Bowling Green, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs as a substitute or extra player with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra and numerous regional orchestras, often on principal horn. Additionally, he has performed with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, concert:nova, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra/Symphony Syracuse, and Albany Symphony Orchestra. Twice he has been a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and has performed as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida, the WSU Wind Symphony and the WSU Chamber Orchestra.

Thoms is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and the University of Cincinnati-CCM (M.M), where he served as the graduate assistant to the horn studio of Randy Gardner. His primary teachers include W. Peter Kurau, Randy Gardner, Elizabeth Freimuth, Kristy Morrell, Tom Sherwood, and Roger Kaza. He is a member of the International Horn Society and American Federation of Musicians and plays on horns built by Rauch and Paxman.


Education History: 

Eastman School of Music, Bachelor of Music - Horn Performance

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Master of Music - Horn Performance


Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 

International Horn Society

American Federation of Musicians, Local 1 - Cincinnati, OH, Local 101-473 - Dayton, OH

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