Dr. Kelly Thomas is the Philharmonic director of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as the orchestra director at Kell High School. Through her instruction, students have consistently received superior and excellent ratings at district festivals and are active performers in the community. Her students have been chosen to perform with Georgia All-State Orchestra, Cobb Honor Symphony, and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Thomas previously taught high school chorus at Kell High School and elementary strings in the Sharon and Braintree Public Schools in Massachusetts. She has presented at the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, NAfME National In-Service Conference, and Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. Dr. Thomas is also on faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where she teaches String Methods.
Dr. Thomas received her B.M. in Music Education from Boston University, M.M. in Music Education from Boston Conservatory, and educational doctorate from the University of Georgia. The focus of her doctoral dissertation was sight singing for string students in the high school classroom. Beyond teaching, Dr. Thomas is an active violinist and vocalist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Uncommon Practice, and Keltic Kudzu. She enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents and over 100 countries.