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.