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Jessie Thoman

Jessie Thoman is excited to be living a life in music!

Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Horn and Music History at the University of Tennessee Martin. She 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, and performing with artists like Jeff Nelsen, Andre Watts, Leonard Slatkin, Michel Camilo, Sylvia McNair, Eric Ruske, Maureen McGovern and Byron Stripling, Jessie is also the co-founder of the Mirari Brass Quintet ( 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 and, soon to be, internationally. The Mirari Brass Quintet just released their debut album, Spires in October 2012. 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.

Jessie remains very active in the local community. She can be found performing with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, bands and jazz orchestras, and soloing with high school and university ensembles, as well as presenting masterclasses and teaching students of all ages.

Known for her unabashed laugh and high energy,Jessie loves musical theater and goes to New York City to see shows every chance she gets! Most importantly, Jessie is thankful for being able to live a life doing what she loves, teaching and performing music. YAY! Visit her online at


My Kit

Dieter Otto 180K, hand-hammered bell, random Yamaha gold plated mouthpiece (that was given to me by Jeff Nelsen, then stolen, thought to be irreplaceable, and then found), iPhone, and inspiration sheet.

Essential Must Haves

The only essentials I have are my life, my horn, and the music. Everything else is either a bonus or distraction.

Something Worth Learning

Who you are, what works, and self-analysis.

Favorite Things

Greg, Arvid, Elphaba, Darcie, Jeff, Nina, Rhys, my fam and friends, colleagues, musical theater, and New York City.

Practice Inspiration

  • To be able to make what I hear and see in my head a reality on stage.
  • Most people don’t aim too high and miss, they aim too low and hit.
  • Being better than the person I was yesterday.
  • Creating unforgettable moments for someone in the audience, classroom, studio, and/or life.
  • Always know WHY you’re doing this.

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