department of music

Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

music@uri.edu401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Susan Thomas

  • Senior Lecturer/Advisor/Teacher in Flute
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2763
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center, D201
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Cold Blue Night by Edie Hill. Performed 3/2/17 at URI

Susan Thomas is an active orchestral, solo and chamber musician in the New England area. She is Principal Flute with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and a founding member of the Block Ensemble, a prize-winning woodwind quintet. She has made solo appearances with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, the Cape Ann Symphony, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the American Band.

An award-winning soloist, Thomas studied with the noted player and pedagogue James Pappoutsakis and also with James Galway in Lucerne, Switzerland. She has garnered prizes in a range of noted competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, the Performers of Southern Connecticut and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

She has received numerous accolades in her performance career. The San Antonio Express-News said “…her agility and breath control were impeccable… (she) possesses an uncommon musical instinct.” The Providence Journal commented about “…her obvious joy in making music, her performance a lesson in perfect placement and clarity.” James Galway remarked that “….her playing and bright personality…won the unanimous admiration of all.”

Thomas teaches applied flute and chamber music at the University of Rhode Island and is responsible for creating the e-folio for students and overseeing the technology needs of the URI Music Department. She also teaches music appreciation online in the summer and is in the process of developing a series of adult education courses in music for the JER Group of Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Master of Arts in independent study, concentration in music technology, Lesley University
  • Bachelor of Music in flute performance, with honors, New England Conservatory of Music

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