M.M., University of Michigan
B.M., University of Wisconsin
Cellist Daniel Thomas enjoys a diverse and fulfilling musical career as both a performer and an educator. Since returning to Ann Arbor in 2007, Daniel has been the principal cellist of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, in addition to holding section positions in the Ann Arbor and Lansing Symphony Orchestras. Daniel has also served as a regular substitute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2002, and he has previously held positions in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (2007-2013), Warren Symphony Orchestra (2007-2013), New World Symphony (2003-2007), and Madison Symphony Orchestra (1999-2001).
In addition to performing as an orchestral musician, Daniel frequently engages in other musical settings and genres. Mr. Thomas has recently been featured as a guest soloist with the Warren, Jackson, and Royal Oak Symphony Orchestras, and as a chamber musician he performs annually in the Strings on the Bay chamber music series (in the upper peninsula of Michigan). He has also recorded as a studio artist in Detroit, and his playing has been heard in numerous musical theater productions and other pop culture genres throughout Michigan and Ohio.
As a fellowship student throughout his education, Daniel earned his BM from the University of Wisconsin and MM from the University of Michigan. Pedagogy has always been a huge passion for Daniel, and he maintains a full private cello studio, with many students holding (principal) positions in top youth orchestras throughout the greater Ann Arbor area. Mr. Thomas has also served as the Adjunct Professor of Cello at Spring Arbor University since 2011, and he co-created the Ann Arbor Cello Camp in 2010. Most recently, Mr. Thomas was appointed as a Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University in 2013.