Jessica Thoman, Assistant Director/Faculty
As a product of Fearlessness, Jessie has gone on to win two university jobs in two years and has won many positions playing with professional orchestras, chamber groups, and is active as the hornist and co-founder of the Mirari Brass Quintet and solos with university and high school groups all over the United States. Her successes have earned her the opportunity to share her Fearlessness in lectures and masterclasses at schools, colleges, and universities all over the US and in Europe. Because of her first hand experience in going through Jeff’s Fearless Performance Training, Jessie is excited about empowering performers of all ages and disciplines to replace fear with trust and the belief that their best is possible at every opportunity just as she has done to great success.
Jessie is the Assistant Professor of Horn and Music History at the University of Tennessee Martin (having previously taught horn and chamber music at the University of Nevada Reno). 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, Jessie 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.
Along with teaching at UT Martin, Jessie maintains an active private studio, coaches individuals and chamber groups, performs brass and Fearless clinics and masterclasses in public schools and universities, and is on faculty at the Ameropa Music Festival in Prague.
Jessie has earned degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (BM),The Ohio State University (MM, MA) and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (DM).
Known for her unabashed laugh and high energy, Jessie Thoman connects with people of all ages encouraging growth, improvement, and self-love that allow them to reach and fulfill their own dreams. Visit her online at www.jessiethoman.com.