Though having grown up in Petersburg, KY, clarinetist Michael Thompson has been a member of groups across the nation, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (Chicago, IL), the University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Denton, TX), the Fillmore Wind Band (Cincinnati, OH), and the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra (Hot Springs, AR). Michael can be heard performing soprano, bass, and contrabass clarinets on recordings by the UNT Wind Symphony, UNT Symphonic Band, and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Michael has had an equally varied career. He was a finalist in the 2019 George Papich Chamber Music Competition and recipient of the North Texas Excellence in Chamber Music Award, and participated in the 2020 edition of the Fresh Inc Festival. Michael continues to seek out new performance opportunities, venues, and groups.
Not only an accomplished performer, Michael has served as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the University of North Texas, was a finalist for the UNT College of Music’s 2018 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, and is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude) and minor in Spanish from the University of North Texas in 2019.
Michael is currently in his first year of graduate studies at DePaul University and an Associate Member of the 2020-21 Civic Orchestra of Chicago. His primary teachers include Julie DeRoche, Kimberly Cole Luevano, and Jeffrey Carwile. Keep up to date with upcoming performances on Facebook, Instagram, and online!