Erin Thomas studied violin performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing another degree from WMU.
Thomas is the substitute violinist for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the symphonies listed, she plays with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia and has given concerts all over the world. She has also played in master classes for PBS broadcasts with Mark O’Connor and Arnold Steinhardt.
Thomas has competed nationally and internationally, coming in third place in the international IBLA competition. She was awarded the Wienawski award at the International IBLA Carnegie Hall competition and has soloed with numerous symphonies, including the Kalamazoo Symphony, Rochester Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra. She has also performed with Natalie McMaster, Mark Wood, Gil Shazam, Hilary Hahn, The Getty’s, Regin Guttesin, and many others. In addition to concerts, Thomas had the privilege of being part of two movies – a short film and a feature-length film – recording and being on screen for both. She joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2001.