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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 Thompson, Phil   Name:  Phil Thompson 
Title:  Professor of Music 
D.M.A., Woodwind Performance, University of North Texas
Office:  225 Conservatory of Music  
Phone:  803/323-4515 
Thompson is professor of saxophone, flute, and clarinet at Winthrop, where he also directs the Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble. He is very active both as a woodwind doubler in Charlotte, N.C., and as a clinician/adjudicator at schools and festivals throughout the Southeast. He also is in demand as a performer and teacher of all instrumental styles from classic to jazz, and performs regularly with groups ranging from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Bernadette Peters. Thompson is a clinician for the Selmer Company, and his most recent recordings as a featured woodwind/jazz soloist include performances on Maddy Winer's The Loving Part of Me (MSW Records), guitarist John Sharp's Better than Dreams, and vocalist Eileen Farrell's Eileen Farrell Sings Johnny Mercer on the Reference Recordings label of San Francisco, Calif.

A graduate of East Carolina University and the University of Michigan, Thompson completed his D.M.A. degree in woodwind performance at the University of North Texas in 1993. During 1986-87, he played lead alto saxophone in the Two O'Clock Lab Band, directed by James Riggs.