Thomas Hutchinson, a native of Toms River, New Jersey, began trombone studies with his father at the age of seven and continued at the Juilliard Pre-College with Metropolitan Opera trombonists David Langlitz and Steven Norrell. He attended the Manhattan School of Music as a student of John Swallow and the Juilliard School as a student of Joseph Alessi and Per Brevig, earning full tuition scholarships at both schools. Upon graduation from Juilliard, he was appointed professor of trombone at L'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in Rome, Italy, where he taught for one school year, before returning to New York City to embark on what has become a very diverse orchestral, chamber music and solo career. One of the top call trombonists in New York City and across the United States, Tom held the position of principal trombone of the New York City Opera from 2002-2013 and has performed on tenor and alto trombone, bass trumpet and tenor tuba with the Metropolitan Opera since 1988. He was acting assistant principal trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2008-09, and has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the Kirov Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2013, he was appointed to the 2nd trombone chair of the American Ballet Theater, which performs its spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was a member for several years of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award- winning Saturday Brass Quintet, and as soloist has given the world premiere of Wendy Mae Chambers's "Mass for Mass Trombones", and in 2001 performed the American premiere of Kalevi Aho's "Symphony No. 9 for Trombone and Orchestra" with the Colorado Music Festival. Tom currently resides in New York City and is on the trombone faculty of New York University.