Thomas Jöstlein began as Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony in April 2010. Most recently, he served as Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois, leading the charges in the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Ian Hobson's Sinfonia da Camera while teaching horn and orchestral repertoire.
From 2007-09, Jöstlein was the New York Philharmonic's Assistant Principal Horn, playing all positions, including Principal and Third Horn. Under the direction of Lorin Maazel, he performed on three major tours, including the historic live broadcast from North Korea. Previously, he held positions with the Honolulu, Omaha, Richmond, and Kansas City symphony orchestras over a course of 13 years.
An active soloist, Jöstlein won First Prize in the professional division of the American Horn Competition in 2003 and the Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder Music Competition at Yale University in 2005, earning a recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.
Jöstlein studied with hornists William VerMeulen and Thomas Bacon at Rice University, and privately with tubists Arnold Jacobs and Roger Rocco. He has taught at the University of Hawaii and Virginia Commonwealth University.
In the summers, Jöstlein runs a brass camp for players of all ages and abilities in Kirkwood. Thomas Jöstlein lives in University City with wife and fellow horn player Tricia and sons Klaus and Max.