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Assistant Professor of Music
Office: 223 Stearns
Matthew Thompson, DMA- collaborative piano, is assistant professor of Music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. There, he teaches a wide variety of classes ranging from "Introduction to Lyric Diction and IPA" to courses like "Video Game Music." In addition to his classroom activities, he serves as a vocal coach for graduate voice students.
As a pianist, Thompson has performed with operatic celebrities like Thomas Hampson, rising international stars like Vince Yi, and musical theater gurus like Gavin Creel. A sought after vocal coach, he's prepared singers from beginners to seasoned artists for recitals, recordings, competitions, young artist programs, auditions and performances, both locally and in major venues around the world. Equally comfortable collaborating with instrumentalists, Thompson recently performed on both the Ann Arbor Symphony Chamber Music series and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings series, and partners with many of the U-M wind and brass faculty in concert. He has also performed with large ensembles like the Flint Symphony and the Michigan Philharmonic, and is currently pianist and associate conductor of the Carolyn Mawby Chorale in Flint, MI. Numerous live performances can be streamed from Thompson's YouTube channel and he can be heard in recording with trumpeter David Ammer on La trompette a renouvelé.
Thompson's summer training included prestigious young artist programs like Song Fest, the Merola Opera Program, and Wolf Trap Opera. Summers are now typically spent teaching music to students of all levels. In recent years, Thompson has been a faculty coach/pianist at the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute and was a faculty member of U-M's inaugural Living Arts Summer Residential Lab.
Dr. Thompson has won numerous grants to support his teaching, continuing education, and research, including a Lecturer's Professional Development Fund, a CRLT Course Development Fund, and an Arts at Michigan Course Connection grant. His numerous research interests include American popular song accompanying and female composed chamber music. Game audio, a particular fascination, has sparked Thompson's urge to write. He maintains a blog which has attracted both scholarly and industry attention at videogamemusicnerd.blogspot.com and has forthcoming writing to be published in the American Journal of Play.
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