Member since: : 2004
Hometown: : Lombard, Illinois
Hobbies/Interests: : My husband, Jeff, and I are avid gardeners and nature lovers. We spend most of our free time in the yard raising butterflies, and providing for the flora and fauna all around us. We love to spend as much time with our kids, at various sporting events, music events, and school related activities.
The ability to play an instrument is something I will never take for granted. Besides the birth of my 4 children, music has given me the most amazing experiences of my life. I have traveled, performed and been a part of so many things that are only possible through being a musician. I have been able to enrich the lives of my family, and others, and am continually emotionally moved every time I can be a part of a live performance.
Kathy Thomas has enjoyed an extensive professional career in central Florida. Originally from Lombard, Illinois, Mrs. Thomas started horn at age of 9 with Sharon Corbin. While attending the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana she studied with Kent Laramee and Kazmierz Machala, and also John Fairfield at Northern Illinois University. Mrs. Thomas enjoyed playing with the Wheaton Summer Symphony, Champaign/Urbana Symphony, Symfonia Da Camera, Danville Symphony, and Hinsdale Symphony.
After moving to Florida in 1993, Mrs. Thomas has steadily worked for the Walt Disney World company, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. In 2004 Mrs. Thomas won the third horn position with the Orlando Philharmonic. She is a member of the Sovereign Brass Quintet. In 2012 Kathy was appointed the position of adjunct professor of French Horn at Stetson University. Her solo credits include performing with the Stetson Chamber Orchestra and Bach Festival Orchestra.
Mrs. Thomas manages a private teaching studio, and has an extensive recording studio career, including “Movie Songs” and “Broadway” under the Warner Brothers label. Her free-lance career provides a full schedule of touring acts, and numerous other ensembles. Kathy is married to professional trombonist Jeffrey Thomas. Together they are raising 6 wonderful children, and share a passion for butterfly gardening.