Ebonee Thomas is Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony.
She was previously Principal Flute of the Florida Grand Opera and held a one-year position as Second Flute with the Houston Symphony during their 2003-04 season. Ebonee completed a four-year fellowship with the prestigious New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Ebonee was given the rare opportunity to perform John Adams’ Chamber Symphony in Carnegie Hall under the composer’s baton. She has also soloed with the New World Symphony performing Joan Tower’s Flute Concerto and the North American Premier of Christian Lindberg’s The World of Montuagretta. Other highlights include performing as a soloist at the National Flute Association’s 2006 and 2010 Annual Conventions, the International Festival at Round-Top,with her current ensembles, Project Copernicus and Seraphic Fire’s Firebird Ensemble, and as guest artist of Flute Fusion 2009 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ebonee was principal flute for the Star Wars: In Concert! orchestra during their U.S., Canada, and Mexico tour. She most recently performed as Principal flute in The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: A Broadway Musical with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ebonee has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and most recently the Detroit Symphony. She has participated in summer festivals including the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, Breckenridge Music Festival, Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. Her former teachers are Claire Johnson, Patti Mecklin, Helen Blackburn, and Fenwick Smith.