Jonas Thoms joined the faculty at West Virginia University as Assistant Professor of Horn in the fall of 2017, where he leads the horn studio and performs in the Laureate Woodwind Quintet. Previously on faculty at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Wright State University, the University of Evansville, and the MasterWorks Festival, he has presented and performed at colleges throughout the country as a guest clinician and recitalist. Thoms has been published in the Triad magazine, presented at the International Horn Symposium and regional horn workshops, reviewed textbooks for W.W. Norton & Co. and Oxford University Press, and currently serves as the West Virginia Representative of the International Horn Society.
Currently Acting Principal Horn of the Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra, Thoms has held positions in numerous regional orchestras and regularly performs as a substitute or extra player with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, and numerous other regional orchestras, often on principal horn. Additionally, he has performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, concert:nova, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Huang He Symphony Orchestra of Zhengzhou, China. Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra/Symphony Syracuse, and Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Twice he has been a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and he has performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida, and engaged in numerous solo performances as a faculty member with student ensembles at various institutions.
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 and American Federation of Musicians and plays on horns built by Rauch and Paxman.