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2024 Colorado Flute Fair with Ebonee Thomas

10/05/2024, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Colorado State University
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
1400 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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2024 Colorado Flute Fair

with Guest Artist Ebonee Thomas

Saturday, October 5, 2024

Colorado State University
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
1400 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

 

Hailed for her “verve and pizazz” and the “gleaming purity” of her artistry by the Miami Herald, Ebonee Thomas is Second Flute and Piccolo of The Dallas Opera. She has previously served  as Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera, and spent one year as Second Flute of the Houston Symphony. In addition she has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Ebonee has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Dallas Symphony. During her summers Ebonee has been a member of Central City Opera, Breckenridge Music Festival, Lakes Area Music and Music in the Mountains

Ebonee completed a four-year fellowship with the prestigious New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, she was a featured soloist under Tilson-Thomas, performing Joan Tower’s Flute Concerto and the North American premiere of Christian Lindberg’s flute concerto, The World of Montuagretta.

Along with performing orchestral repertoire, Ebonee is an avid chamber musician, applauded as a “standout” by Theater Jones in a performance for the Fine Arts Chamber Players. She performs regularly with the Austin Chamber Music Society and Voices of Change, a new music ensemble in Dallas, TX. She was a finalist for the Austin Arts Awards for her performance of Valerie Coleman’s Danza de la Mariposa, for solo flute. She recently made her debut performance with the ensembleNEWSRQ, a contemporary ensemble highlighting living and underrepresented composers. Ebonee has been a member of the Firebird Ensemble with Seraphic Fire and can be heard on several of their released recordings including The Brandenburg Project. Ebonee had the rare opportunity to perform John Adams’ Chamber Symphony in Carnegie Hall under the composer’s baton.

Ebonee feels very fortunate to have participated in some very unique projects. She served as Principal Flute of the Star Wars in Concert! Orchestra during their U.S., Canada, and Mexico tour and was Principal Flute of the American Repertory Theater’s revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. She performed for the Kennedy Center Honors as part of the New World Symphony alumni orchestra in honor of Michael Tilson Thomas. She was also part of the Re-Collective Orchestra, the first all-Black orchestra to perform to a sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl. Ebonee has also served as principal flute with the Chineke! Orchestra at BBC Proms and during their European Tour. She has performed all over the world. Some of her favorite venues include KKL Luzern (Switzerland), The Elbphilarmonie (Germany), Wigmore Hall (England), Snape Maltings (England), and Musiikkitalo (Finland).

As a passionate pedagogue, Ebonee is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler school of music. She previously held a position as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. Along with all of her musical endeavors, Ebonee serves as a member of the board of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras and, the National Advisory Board of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program, the Black Orchestral Network’s Steering Committee and is a member of the New World Symphony’s Alumni Association Committee. She is currently the Piccolo Committee Chair for the National Flute Association.

Ebonee received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance degree from Southern Methodist University and received her Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers Jean Larson Garver, Claire Johnson, Helen Blackburn, and Fenwick Smith. Ebonee is a Burkart piccolo artist and plays on a Burkart 998 with a platinum Mancke headjoint and a Burkart Elite Piccolo.