Thomas Morris is an oboist currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Passionate about new music, Thomas is always seeking new opportunities to expand the sounds and repertoire of the oboe. Thomas particularly enjoys working with and helping emerging composers showcase the capabilities and colors of the instrument. To this end, Thomas is currently working with multiple composers all across the United States and Canada to create new works. In addition to working with early-career composers, Thomas has also worked with esteemed composers such as George Lewis, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Wadada Leo Smith, Samuel Adler, and Bekah Simms.
As an active performer, Thomas has shared the stage with groups and performers such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), and the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Additionally, Thomas currently performs with the University of Michigan's Contemporary Directions Ensemble. Thomas enjoys performing traditional repertoire as well. Thomas is currently a substitute on oboe and english horn in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in addition to being an active freelancer in the southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio area.
Started in 2019, Thomas is the founder and oboist in Quintilia, a cutting edge chamber ensemble focused on presenting a wide variety of contemporary and experimental music and celebrating inclusivity through the programming and commission of composers from diverse backgrounds. More information on Quintilia can be found at http://www.quintiliaensemble.com/.
Thomas has attended multiple new music festivals and conferences. These include Bowling Green State University’s New Music Festival, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Ensemble Evolution, and the Nief-Norf Summer Festival.
Thomas also enjoys working in the non-profit sector and in arts administration. Thomas currently is an intern for the Akropolis Reed Quintet (501(c)3 non-profit organization).
Thomas is currently pursuing a double M.M. in oboe performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan and holds a B.M. in oboe performance from Bowling Green State University. Thomas' primary teachers are Nancy Ambrose King and Nermis Mieses. Thomas has also performed in lessons and masterclasses for Katherine Needleman, Alex Klein, James Austin Smith, Eugene Izotov, and Erin Hannigan.