School of Music

Faculty

Lynn Thompson

Mr. Lynn Thompson
Office Location: 125 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Email: L-Thompson@wiu.edu
Title: Associate Professor

Lynn Thompson, Associate Professor of Music, teaches voice in both Classical and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) genres. In 2017-18 he will also teach Musical Theatre Auditions, Vocal Literature, and will serve as musical director for a mainstage production in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Lynn Thompson is a lyric baritone, and was a Winner of the Norman Treigle Memorial Prize. He has been a Fellow of the Aspen Music School, the Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stony Brook, the Cleveland Art Song Festival and the NATS Intern Program. He holds the B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Louisville, and has pursued advanced studies at the University of Cincinnati and Shenandoah University. Mr. Thompson's principal teachers included André Montal, Thomas Paul, Edith Davis Tidwell, and William Sharp. He studied vocal pedagogy with Donn Everette-Graham, Mary Henderson-Stucky, Barbara Honn and Jeannette LoVetri.

Lynn Thompson has performed as soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Bach Society, Kentucky Opera, the Washington Choral Ensemble, Opera of Central Kentucky, the McDonough Choral Society and the Galesburg Community Chorus. His vocal chamber music appearances include concerts at the  Aspen Music Festival and the Grandin Festival, and performances with The  Kentucky Center Chamber Players and the Ceruti Chamber Players. From 1990-2001, Mr. Thompson was Co-Artistic Director of Ars Vocalis, an ensemble devoted to the great art song and vocal chamber music repertory.

In addition to his active career as a vocalist, Mr. Thompson has performed throughout the U.S. as a pianist, organist and harpsichordist, and has been a professional church musician for 35 years. Mr. Thompson is currently Director of Music at  Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb. Since Spring 2011, he has served as accompanist for the McDonough Choral Society. He has been a National Convention recitalist for the Organ Historical Society. His work as an organist is recorded on OHS recordings and has been featured on Minnesota Public Media's Pipedreams.

Mr. Thompson's students regularly perform on Broadway and in National Tours; as full-time members of the professional vocal ensemble  Chanticleer ; and in professional theatres and opera houses worldwide. His students have been finalists in the MTNA competition and the Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition, winners at state and regional NATS competitions and at the district and regional levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.