Thomas Jöstlein was appointed Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony in April 2010. Before coming to St. Louis, he served as Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois, performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and with Sinfonia da Camera under the direction of English pianist and conductor, Ian Hobson. From 2007-09, Thomas was Assistant Principal Horn with the New York Philharmonic where, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, he performed on three major tours, including the historic live broadcast from North Korea. Previously Thomas held positions with the Honolulu, Omaha, Richmond, and Kansas City orchestras and has taught at the University of Hawaii and Virginia Commonwealth University.
While attending Rice University, he studied horn with William VerMeulen and Thomas Bacon and did private study with tubists Arnold Jacobs and Roger Rocco.
As a soloist, Thomas won first prize in the professional division of the American Horn Competition in 2003 and the Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder Music Competition at Yale University in 2005, earning a recital in New York’s Merkin Hall.
Thomas lives in University City with his wife Tricia, who is also an accomplished hornist, and their two young boys, Klaus and Max.