Born and raised in Toronto, Rachel Thomas maintains an active and versatile freelance career. Since receiving her BMus from the University of Toronto in 1988, Rachel has been a regular sub with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra playing on several tours, including the Euro Tour 2000, where she had the privilege of performing as acting principal. She also accompanied the TSO to Carnegie Hall and can be heard on several TSO recordings. In addition, Rachel has been a member of various acclaimed chamber music groups including the Great Lakes Brass Quintet and Women's Music Circle belladonna, of which she was a founding member. Over the years, Rachel has played principal trombone with many different orchestras including Orchestra London, Hamilton Philharmonic and Symphony Nova Scotia. She has performed with the Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic and Continuum and in the summer performs at the Elora Festival and Parry Sound?s Festival of the Sound.
Currently, Rachel plays second trombone in the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra; a position she has held since 1993. In 2002, she joined the part-time faculty of Wilfred Laurier University, where she teaches privately, coaches brass chamber music and directs the WLU Trombone Choir.