Eric Thomas was called “the world’s finest clarinetist.” by Utah classical music expert Gene Pack. His ensemble Quintet di Legno won a Concert Artist Guild Award and gave their critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1978. He has performed and toured with Juilliard String Quartet member Robert Koff and pianist Louise Vosgershian, and with chamber groups including the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Sylvan Winds, Chappaqua Chamber Players, Music From Salem and the Boston Pops Traveling Ensemble. He has appeared at the Bravo Vail, Moab and Sebago Long Lake Music Festivals.
Eric directs the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands at Colby College and is the conductor of the Snow Pond Music Festival Orchestra. Eric’s premiere concert with his Orchestra of Maine takes place this fall. He was Principal Conductor of the Opera New England Touring Orchestra as mentee of Sarah Caldwell, Director of Instrumental Ensembles for the University of Maine at Farmington, Assistant Conductor of the Phillips Exeter Orchestra and Interim Conductor of the Phillips Academy Andover Symphony Orchestra.
Eric has received composition commissions from the Maine Teachers Association, Sonad Festival, Music Teachers National Association, pianist Ilya Friedberg, and Professor Robert Nelson. His works have been performed at the MTNA Quad State Festival, Music From Salem, Sonad, Bar Harbor and Moab Music Festivals and Ragdale Artist Colony.