School of Music


Mr. Lynn Thompson Lynn Thompson

Office Location: 125 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544
Title: Associate Professor

Lynn Thompson, Associate Professor of Music, teaches voice in both Classical and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) genres. In addition to studio voice, Mr. Thompson teaches courses related to singing for the School of Music and for the Department of Theatre and Dance. He regularly serves as conductor for musical theatre productions, and from 1996-2010 was Artistic Director of the WIU Madrigal Dinner.

Mr. Thompson is a Past-President of the Central Illinois chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is treasurer of the Western Illinois University Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition to these leadership roles, Mr. Thompson holds memberships in the Organ Historical Society, the College Music Society, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and the Worship Arts, The Reed Organ Society, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the American Choral Director's Association.

Mr. Thompson was the 1992 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 is a certified instructor of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Mr. Thompson's principal teachers include André Montal, Thomas Paul, Edith Davis Tidwell, and William Sharp. He has studied vocal pedagogy with Donn Everette-Graham, Mary Henderson-Stucky, Barbara Honn and Jeannette LoVetri.

He 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 33 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 have performed leading roles on Broadway and in National Tours; have been full-time members of the professional vocal ensemble Chanticleer; and regularly perform with major opera and theatre companies throughout the USA and in Europe. 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.

Lynn Thompson joined the WIU faculty in 1996.