Jonas Frederick Thoms, M.M.

Creative Arts Center M131, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Jonas Thoms

Instructor, horn

M350 Creative Arts Center

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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, Ball State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Southern Mississippi, and 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, 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, 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 and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida.

Thoms is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (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, National Association for Music Education, and American Federation of Musicians. He plays on horns built by Darin Sorley 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

National Association for Music Education

American Federation of Musicians, Local 1 - Cincinnati, OH, Local 101-473 - Dayton, OH, Local 15-286 - Toledo, OH

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