Percussionist Jim Thoma has been an active freelance musician in the New York metropolitan region for over thirty-five years. Jim has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the American Ballet Theater, as well as numerous other Ensembles in the area. He may be heard on Glimmerglass Opera’s Grammy nominated recordings of The Greater Good and The Mines of Sulpher. Jim has also performed in the Broadway productions of Mary Poppins, Woman in White, Gypsy and A Chorus Line. Jim performed as Principal Percussionist with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Principal Timpanist for the New York City Opera National Company, and Staff Timpanist/Percussionist with the Light Opera of Manhattan. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was scholarship student of New York Philharmonic timpanist Saul Goodman. In addition to performing, Jim maintains Percussion Studios at Kean University, Muhlenberg College and Nassau Community College. He is the director of the Percussion Ensembles and Drum Circle at Muhlenberg and Nassau Community College.