A native of Great Falls, Virginia, Nick Thompson is currently pursuing a masters degree in clarinet performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Chad Burrow and Dan Gilbert. He graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kathy Mulcahy, also studying chamber music with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. Additionally, he has studied with Kristen Spiridon, Dr. Rochelle Oedemann, Kristen Sheridan and has performed in masterclasses for Richie Hawley, Ralph Skiano, Ricardo Morales, Suzanna Dennis Bratton, J Lawrie Bloom, Loren Kitt and Charles West.
A passionate orchestral and chamber musician, Nick recently won the position of 2nd and Eb Clarinet with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Lima Symphony, Chamber Music Michigan, Maryland Lyric Opera, In Series Opera Orchestra and the HUB Opera Ensemble. He has performed Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as well as the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the George Mason University Wind Symphony. Nick has performed recitals at many venues in the Washington DC area, including the Lyceum in Alexandria and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.
Nick will attend the 2017 Chautauqua Institution this summer where he will play in the Music School Festival Orchestra, perform chamber music and study with Diana Haskell and Eli Eban. In the past, he has attended the 2015 Philadelphia International Music Festival, where he studied with Gi Lee, played in multiple masterclass for Ricardo Morales and performed as Principal Clarinet of the Festival Orchestra under Cristian Macelaru, Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also attended the 2014 Sewanee Summer Music Festival, where he studied with Chad Burrow and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition