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Professor – Horn
Professor Virginia Thompson has been the horn teacher at West Virginia University since 1990, and served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music from 1996 to 2000. She performs with the WVU faculty Laureate Wind Quintet and, during her early years at WVU, occasionally substituted and played extra with symphony orchestras in the region, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Thompson is an active soloist, recitalist, and clinician with a special interest in performing, commissioning, reviewing, and promoting new music. She has performed or presented throughout the USA and in Austria, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. She served on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society from 1995 to 2002, and was elected President for the 2000-2002 term of office. She has written reviews of music, books, and premiere performances as well as articles for the IHS journal, and has presented the WVU Horn Ensembles at both regional and international horn workshops. She hosted the 18th Annual Southeast Horn Workshop, which featured forty-six artists including Barry Tuckwell, Gail Williams, the American Horn Quartet, and Tom Varner.
Prior to coming to WVU, Dr. Thompson taught horn at Coe, Cornell, and Grinnell Colleges and the University of Iowa, and held positions in several US metropolitan orchestras. She performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico for four years before pursuing a career in higher education. Her degrees are from the University of Iowa and the University of Arizona.
Dr. Thompson has recorded a collection of dramatic compositions that were written for her. Colors: Music for Horn (Mark Masters, 7654-MCD) was released in July 2008.
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