On August 1, 2008, Dr. Thomas A. Hunt joined the ONU music faculty as Professor of Music. He conducts the ONU Wind Orchestra and teaches applied French horn. He is a member of the ONU Faculty Brass Quintet.
Dr. Hunt's formative experiences at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin College Conservatory, the Berlin Konservatorium, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg prepared him for a highly successful French horn performance career in Europe, spanning fourteen years during which he held positions with such renowned ensembles as the Essen Philharmonic, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, Amati Ensemble Berlin, the Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, and the Hessian State Opera in Wiesbaden. He recorded as a soloist and chamber musician with ORF Austria and RIAS Berlin and won the concerto contest at the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In 1987 Dr. Hunt accepted the Graduate Council Fellowship for graduate work at the University of Florida, where he received his Master and Ph.D. degrees, writing his doctoral dissertation on Complementarity in the Symphonies of Ross Lee Finney. He then joined the faculty at Trinity International University, in Deerfield Illinois, where, from 1993-2000, he served as Director of the School of Music, conducted the TIU Symphonic Band and taught applied horn. During that time, he also performed regularly with many professional groups in Chicago, including extensive work with Lyric Opera of Chicago, under Zubin Mehta. From 2002-2008 Dr. Hunt led the music department at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, where he also directed the Waldorf Wind Symphony, and taught French horn. He performed regularly as a soloist with regional orchestras and area schools.
Dr. Hunt is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the International Horn Society and the Ohio Music Educators Association.
He and his wife, Angelika, have three grown children, and live with their dog, Hunter, in one of Ada's cooler homes, where students are always welcome.