Department of Music
Dr. Jessie Thoman, Assistant Professor of Horn and Music History, earned her degrees at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (BM), The Ohio State University (MM, MA) and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music (DM). Along with winning principal and section positions in professional orchestras, freelancing, performing with artists like Jeff Nelsen, Andre Watts, Leonard Slatkin, Michel Camilo, Sylvia McNair, Eric Ruske, Maureen McGovern and Byron Stripling, Dr. Thoman is also the co-founder of the Mirari Brass Quintet (www.miraribrass.com) which maintains a busy performing and touring schedule presenting masterclasses and recitals in public schools, colleges, universities, and performance halls all over the United States. The quintet receives much praise for their high level of performance, creative programming, and exuberant rapport with each other and their audiences.
Her teaching career includes private teaching, coaching individuals and chamber groups, public school and university teaching, and sharing Jeff Nelsen's Fearless concepts in lectures and masterclasses with others at schools, colleges, and universities all over the United States. Every summer she assists Jeff at his Fearless Performance for Musicians Seminar, empowering performers of all ages and disciplines to replace fear with trust and the belief that their best is possible at every opportunity.
Dr. Thoman remains very active in the local community. She can be found performing in local orchestras, bands, and jazz orchestras, soloing with high school and university ensembles, and teaching students of all ages.
Known for her unabashed laugh and high energy, Jessie Thoman connects with audiences and students of all ages encouraging growth, improvement, and selflove that allows them to reach and fulfill their own dreams. Visit her online at www.jessiethoman.com.