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 is a frequent guest artist and clinician at high schools and colleges throughout the country and 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 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 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, and Tom Sherwood. 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.