Kaycee Thomas

Kaycee Ware Thomas

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Oboe

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Kaycee Ware Thomas


Artist Certificate Candidate in Oboe Performance, Southern Methodist University, 2010

M.M. in Music – Oboe Performance, University of Michigan, 2009

B.M. in Music – Oboe Performance, University of Oklahoma, 2005

B.M. in Music – Voice Performance, University of Oklahoma, 2005

Graduated with Special Distinction


Artist Certificate Fellowship, Southern Methodist University, 2009 – 2010

Fulbright Grant Finalist, France, 2009 – 2010

Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant Finalist, 2009 – 2010

Walgreen Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2007-2009

Career Performance Grant Winner, Sigma Alpha Iota, 2008


International Double Reed Society

Sigma Alpha Iota

Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians

Other Credentials

Primary teachers include Johanna Cox, Erin Hannigan, and Nancy Ambrose King

Former Second Oboist of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, 2007 – 2009

Former Assistant Principal Oboe/English horn of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, 2006 – 2007


Kaycee Ware Thomas, a native of Dallas, is well versed as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and teacher. Mrs. Thomas was the only oboist invited to represent America in May 2008 in the Prague Spring International Oboe Competition. She also won the Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant in order to support her travels to the Czech Republic. Former Assistant Principal Oboe/English Hornist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra for the 2006-2007 season, Mrs. Thomas also held the second oboe position with the Dearborn Symphony for the 2007-2009 seasons. Other notable performances include playing with the OK Mozart International Festival Orchestra-Amici New York, Portland Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Kaycee has performed with several orchestras in southeastern Michigan, including the Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Jackson, and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestras. In addition, she recently concertized with her husband, Daniel Thomas, in their newly formed trio for oboe, cello, and piano, performing at Eastern Michigan University, Hillsdale College, and Concordia University of Ann Arbor.

In addition to her performing career, Mrs. Thomas has always maintained a great passion for teaching. Kaycee is currently the Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Hillsdale College, a position she has held since the fall of 2012. Since her time at Hillsdale College, her students have been winners of the college’s concerto competition for two years in a row and have been accepted into the Master’s programs for oboe at both Cincinnati Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music. Her private students have received numerous honors and recognitions, including acceptance into Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music for oboe, Michigan All-State Band and Choir, Honors Orchestra at Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Texas and Oklahoma All-Region and All-District Band, Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp orchestra, and both DSO Civic Symphony Youth Orchestra and Michigan Youth Ensemble Symphony Orchestra. Kaycee was an Artist Certificate candidate at Southern Methodist University under Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Thomas graduated with her Masters in Oboe Performance as a fellowship student at the University of Michigan under Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. Kaycee holds Bachelor of Music degrees with special distinction in Oboe and Voice Performance from the University of Oklahoma under the instruction of Ms. Johanna Cox, where she was named Outstanding Senior of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts in 2005.