Kathy Thomas

French Horn

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 won the third horn position with the Orlando Philharmonic in 2004. Originally from Lombard, Illinois, she 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. She performed with the Wheaton Summer Symphony, Champaign/Urbana Symphony, Symfonia Da Camera, Danville Symphony, and Hinsdale Symphony.

Since moving to Florida in 1993, Kathy has enjoyed an extensive professional career, performing with the Walt Disney World company, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, The Florida Orchestra and The Villages Orchestra. She is a member of the Sovereign Brass Quintet. In 2012 Kathy was appointed Adjunct Professor of French Horn at Stetson University.

Kathy manages a private teaching studio, and has an extensive recording studio career, including “Movie Songs” and “Broadway” under the Warner Brothers label. Her freelance career provides a full schedule of touring acts, Broadway shows, and numerous other ensembles. Kathy is married to Orlando Philharmonic Principal Trombone Jeffrey Thomas. Together, they are raising 6 wonderful children.

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