Dr. Joshua Thompson is the Director of Instrumental Activities
at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, where he directs
the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, and
teach courses in Music Education, Music Technology, Recording,
Music Appreciation, and Applied Trumpet.
Prevously, he was the Director of Instrumental Activities
at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He conducted the
Wind Ensemble and taught courses in Conducting, Music Education,
Applied Brass, Instrumental Repertoire, Instrumental Literature,
and Artistic Expression. He also directed the Instrumental
Music Outreach Program, which provided support to public
and private schools, music teachers, and students throughout
Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.
Before teaching at Waldorf, he taught at Wayne State College,
where he was the trumpet studio instructor and conducted
the Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble. He was also a Visiting
Artist at Cornell College, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble.
Prior to those appointments (while
he was completing his doctorate), he was the music director
and conductor of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, which is an
extremely active semi-professional ensemble based out of
Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Having served as the Graduate Teaching
Assistant for the trumpet studio for three years at the
University of Iowa, he completed a Doctorate of Musical
Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis
on Instrumental Conducting. While attending the University
of Iowa, he performed with the university’s Symphony
Orchestras, Symphony Band, Center for New Music Ensemble
and the premiere jazz ensemble, Johnson County Landmark.
Membership in these ensembles involved the performance of
numerous premieres, tours and The University of Iowa’s
first performance in Carnegie Hall. He was also a member
of the Old Capitol Brass Quintet for three years. This quintet
regularly performed at a variety of concert venues, public
schools, clinics, and festivals throughout Eastern Iowa
and Western Illinois.
Joshua received his Master of Music in
Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from Bowling Green State
University in Bowling Green, Ohio. At Bowling Green, he
worked as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet
studio, helped to host an Ohio-area International Trumpet
Guild Conference, and was a guest artist with the Bowling
Green Chamber Orchestra, performing Aaron Copland’s
Quiet City. He received his Bachelor of Music from
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated cum
laude with degrees in Instrumental Performance and
Music Education. He was active throughout Ohio as a freelance
musician, performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of Carmon DeLeone and was
a regular member of the “haus” German polka
band at the Hofbräuhaus in Newport, Kentucky.
Joshua has been a finalist in concerto
competitions at Miami University, Bowling Green State University,
and the University of Iowa and was invited to perform as
a semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington,
D.C. He has performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony
Orchestra, Findlay Summer Stock Theatre, Cedar Rapids Symphony
Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony
Brass Quintet, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Springfield
Symphony Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the
Genuine Brass Quintet, an active chamber ensemble that performed
in and around Iowa City, Iowa.
As part of his D.M.A. Thesis project, he
worked closely with composer Libby Larsen to reintroduce
her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1988) to the world
by way of interviews, editing of the score and the creation
of a reduction for trumpet and piano.
Joshua is a member of the Iowa Bandmasters
Association, International Trumpet Guild, Music Educators
National Conference, National Band Association, College
Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (alumnus), and the
Free and Accepted Masons, Oxford Lodge No. 67. His primary
teachers include James Olcott, Gary Speck, Charles Saenz,
David Greenhoe, Myron Welch, R. Mark Heidel and Amy Schendel.