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Karissa Thomson, flutist, praised for her rich sound, impeccable technique, energy, and professionalism, is an active musician, soloist, and teacher in the Scranton, Pennsylvania area.

Growing up in Arizona, she began her studies at the age of nine.  She has held principal positions in the Metropolitan and Phoenix Youth Symphonies, as well as the Brigham Young University Symphony, Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestras. Performance with these ensembles provided opportunities to perform across the world, including the United States, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, and Turkey.  After graduation she went on as a substitute with the Phoenix Symphony from 2016-2018, where she played flute, piccolo, and alto flute.  She was also selected as a member of the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra for the Spring 2018 concert.  In 2016, she won the principal flute position for East Valley Millenial Choir and Orchestra where she has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist and on tour.

As a concerto competition winner she has soloed with the Four Seasons Orchestra, the BYU Symphony Orchestra, and the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra. In competition, she won the Arizona Flute Society 2016 Young Artist Competition, has been a finalist in the Utah and Arizona MTNA Young Artist Divisions, an alternate in the National Flute Association Orchestral Masterclass Competition, as well as a finalist in the Da Capo Alliance Paris Flute Class.

In addition to her orchestral and solo endeavors, Karissa is a committed educator; her students consistently perform well in regional and state level competitions. Apart from maintaining her private studio, she has been featured as a guest lecturer and ensemble coach at the Arizona Flute Society Summer camp as well as a chamber ensemble flute coach at Mesa Community College. Intent on instilling a passion for music in youth, she has also held a position as a camp counselor at the BYU Summer Music Festival. Advocating music and music education for both children and adults is one of her long-standing passions. Karissa completed her undergraduate studies in Flute Performance from the Brigham Young University School of Music, studying under Dr. April Clayton.

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Music education is for everyone! A study of music carries several intrinsic benefits: disciplined practice, doing something you can be proud of, associating with a musical community, igniting your imagination, performing, overcoming fears, learning a new skill, connecting to the abstract, tapping into human emotions and various forms of self expression, and simply being musical. Research has shown that music helps improve our cognitive function, simultaneously working the motor, visual, and auditory cortices of the brain. Additional research has found that students who study music for an extended period of time consistently get higher test scores. But even beyond all of these extraordinary outcomes, the study of music for music’s sake creates better humans and citizens.

These values form the core of my teaching method. I approach music education as an essential part of life. I have high expectations for all of my students, both young and old – from students aiming for music careers to students who want to learn a new instrument, learn more about music, and play for their own enjoyment. During lessons we focus on the fundamentals – tone, technique, performance, basic music theory and history, effective practice techniques, and having fun with the music. Lessons are taught out of my home studio. Students are expected to supply their own instrument. I will make suggestions if necessary. Additional materials include items such as a tuner, metronome, and music (I will specify editions and information on where to purchase) which will be needed throughout the course of private lessons.

I firmly believe that music enriches the lives of all those who make it a serious study and I look forward to working with you and helping you accomplish your flute goals! Please contact me for further information.

(480) 298-9756

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Why I play music

April 1st, 2016

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to pursue music as my career. After hearing my cousin perform a musical number on her flute in church, I…...