School of Music

Mr. Lynn Thompson
 Lynn Thompson

Office Location: 125 Browne Hall
Office Phone: 309.298.1065
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 he has taught Madrigal Singers, Phonetics and Diction, Group Voice, Opera Workshop, What to Listen for in Music, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, and Musical Theatre Auditions and Professional Preparation. Mr. Thompson regularly serves as a musical director, and has conducted 36 musicals, most recently Smokey Joe's Café (Fall 2012).

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. In August 2011, Mr. Thompson made his St. Louis debut as a musical director with Max and Louie Productions. 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 31 years. Mr. Thompson is currently Sanctuary Choir Director and Coordinator 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. His students have been national finalists of the MTNA competition, winners at state and regional NATS competitions and at the district and regional levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Mr. Thompson joined the WIU faculty in 1996.