Karissa Thomson, flutist, praised for her rich sound, impeccable technique, energy, and professionalism, is an active musician, soloist, and teacher in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Since beginning her studies at the age of nine, she has held principal positions in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the Brigham Young University Symphony, the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BYU Chamber Orchestra. Performance with these ensembles provided opportunities to perform across the world, including the United States, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, and Turkey. 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 has been a finalist in the Utah and Arizona MTNA Young Artist Divisions, an alternate in the National Flute Association Orchestral Masterclass Competition, and 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.
Higley & University
Beginner thru Advanced
Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe