Gareth Thomas joined The Cleveland Orchestra in January 2015. He previously served as principal bassoon of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra 2010-14. He received a bachelor of music degree with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009 and a master of music degree from Northwestern University in 2010. His teachers have included John Clouser, principal bassoon of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Christopher Millard, principal bassoon of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Gareth Thomas received the George F. Goslee Prize in bassoon at CIM and first prize at the 2006 National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has participated in the Pacific Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival.