Flutist Ebonee Thomas and hornist Jeffery Whaley have been interim principals of their sections in this past season for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. But they aren't interim any more.
Both Thomas and Whaley won the permanent principal positions in auditions that were held this month and last. Whaley had replaced Calvin Smith who passed away at the end of the 2010-11 season; Thomas replaced Nadine Hur.
Photograph of Ebonee Thomas by Kate L Photography
Thomas hails from Plano, TX, and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at Southern Methodist University. She later received her Master's Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with BSO Flutist, Fenwick Smith.
Jeffery Whaley, KSO Principal Horn
Originally from Sevierville, Tennessee, Whaley is currently on the faculty at East Tennessee State University where he teaches Music Theory, Introduction to Music, Appied French Horn, French Horn Ensemble, and serves as Coordinator of Brass Studies. He also holds the Principal Horn position with Symphony of the Mountains (Kingsport, TN).