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Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarmé Chamber Players. In the summers, she performs at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.

Previously she was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career, Thron was assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony for a season, and played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.  She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, as a guest artist and chamber music coach, and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991.

Thron has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and various other orchestras in North Carolina and her original home state of New Hampshire. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Harvey Shapiro, Norman Fischer, and Elsa Hilger.

Thron also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years, at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a case manager in home care nursing, during which time she was a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  Thron and her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz, have a son—pianist, clarinetist, and computer whiz Louis.