Elijah J. Thomas (he/him/his, M.M. Music Education, B.M. Jazz Arranging/Composition) is a Black Philadelphia-born and Harlem-based multi-instrumentalist, educator and composer/experimentalist. Elijah has studied woodwind performance/improvisation with musicians Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield, Jr., Walter Bell, and Dr. Cynthia Folio, as well as composition/orchestration with Kevin Rodgers, Dr. Cynthia Folio, Dr. Maurice Wright and Dr. Norman David. As an educator Elijah has held numerous teaching positions across Philadelphia and New York City with Temple University Music Prep; Settlement Music School; Tune Up Philly (of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra); Education Through Music, Inc; and BASIS Independent Schools. He is an avid composer and experimentalist and creates and outputs what he calls “enuff music”: music intent on Black healing, spiritual transcendence, and community. Elijah’s recent accolades include the commission and premier of his site-responsive project For Harlem for the New York City-based new music organization Music At The Anthology (debuted at the Kente Royal Gallery in Harlem, NYC, October 2021); performance work with the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble for their “Ensemble Evolution” partner program with The New School (2020-2022); winner of “Best Film Score” at the Pure Magic International Film Festival for his contribution to the short film Fan of Cory (awarded February 2021 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands); and became one of ten commissioned composers of color to participate in the inaugural “Composing Inclusion” program sponsored by a joint collaboration between The Juilliard School, New York Philharmonic, and American Composers Forum (funded by the Sphinx Venture Fund, 2022). In May of 2022, Elijah became Musical Director of the global street band performance non-profit organization HONK! NYC, whose mission is to “make events that reclaim, reuse, and redefine public space and connect communities through music-making, pageantry, audience participation, and education.” As a recording artist, Elijah has two full-length releases enuff music, vol. i (published with Off Latch Press) and Our Search available for free listening on Bandcamp, a solo EP entitled Three Contemplations for Jason Moran (Bandcamp), as well as two full-length projects Diversity and The Unity of Sound released with his former group The NeW Quintet (available at all online retailers).