A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Thea Humphries has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and Symphoria. She recently completed a master’s degree in horn performance at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Erik Ralske. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of W. Peter Kurau, and previously attended the Interlochen Arts Academy. Thea has participated in summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, most recently as a conducting fellow, National Arts Centre Young Artists Program, Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Domaine Forget, and National Music Festival.
Thea is a founding member of the Eclectet Woodwind Quintet, which has performed with the Rochester City Ballet, and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival. The ensemble also was awarded a residency by Geneva City Schools in New York, programing and performing concerts for children of all ages. While at Juilliard, she held a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, through which she taught beginner band at PS 191. She has also served as a mentor for the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra. As part of her fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Thea teaches at MS 224 Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics.