Associate Teaching Professor of Clarinet, Co-Director of Wind Ensemble
Thomas Thompson holds degrees from the American Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, and studied privately with Jerome Stowell, Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. A member of the Grant Park Symphony, Chicago, for seven years, Thompson also toured with the Chicago Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Boston Pops Tour Orchestra.
Thompson joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1966 and recently retired after 50 years. He has been featured as soloist in concertos by Carl Nielsen in Heinz Hall in 1981 and Carl Maria von Weber at Hartwood Acres in 1989.
He has conducted the Pittsburgh Opera Theater's production of Carmen, and he also finds opportunities to guest lecture and perform. He is Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, and currently co-conducts the Wind Ensemble.