JONATHAN THOMSON, D.M.A.

Jonathan has been an active performer and teacher throughout the greater Los Angeles area since 2005. He has performed internationally in England, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, South Korea and China. As a chamber musician, Jonathan has competed at the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and received guidance from the Kronos, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Lafayette, and Penderecki quartets. Jonathan has taught at APU since 2008 and was a Teaching Fellow in the top-rated Musicology Department at UCLA. He has also taught for many years at private music academies and for prominent organizations like Harmony Project and Education Through Music—LA.

 

If not teaching or practicing, you will most likely find him training for his next marathon or 10k.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California

   Doctorate of Musical Arts

   Dissertation: Training for Performance: Lessons from Sports Psychology Applied to Musical Training

 

Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California

   Artist Certificate Fall

 

Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California

   Masters of Music (String Performance)

 

Central Washington University Ellensburg, Washington

   Bachelor of Music (String Performance)

   Honors: magna cum laude

   William O. Douglas Honors College (Great Books model)

     Thesis: Absurd Creation: Representation of the Artist in Albert Camus’s Philosophical and Literary Work

 

 

PROMINENT TEACHERS

   Antonio Lysy

   Lynn Harrell

   Marek Szpakiewicz

   John Michel

   Sally Singer

   Eric Wilson

 

MASTER CLASSES

   Peter Marsh

   St. Lawrence String Quartet

   Avalon Quartet

   Raphael Wallfisch

   Aldo Parisot

   Shauna Rolston

   Nathaniel Rosen

   Pieter Wispelwey

 

PROMINENT CHAMBER MUSIC COACHES

   Guillaume Sutre (Ysaye Quartet)

   St. Lawrence Quartet

   Bob Becker (American Quartet)

   Bill Fitzpatrick (American quartet)

   Avalon Quartet

   David Harrington (Kronos Quartet)

   Penderecki Quartet

   Lafayette Quartet

   Icicle Creek Piano Trio

   David Harding (Chester Quartet)

   Andrew Dawes (Orford Quartet)

   Colorado Quartet

 

SUMMER FESTIVALS

   Incontri in Terra di Siena

   Sunflower Music Festival

   St. Lawrence String Quartet Workshop (Stanford)

   Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute

   Colorado Quartet Workshop (Cape Cod)

   International Chamber Music Workshop (Poland)

   Banff Music Program--Master Classes

   Marrowstone Summer Music--Intern

 

MEMBERSHIPS

   American String Teachers' Association

   College Music Society

   Chamber Music America

 

LANGUAGES STUDIED

   Spanish

   German

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UCLA Teaching Assistant

   Music History 5: History of Rock n Roll (Dr. Robert Fink)

   Music History 65: History of the Beatles (Dr. Elizabeth Upton)

   Music History 7: Music and Film (Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong)

   Music History 65: Blues (Dr. Elizabeth Macy)

   Music History 5: History of Rock n Roll(Dr. Jerome Camal)

   Music History 68: History of the Beatles (Dr. Elizabeth Upton)

   Arts and Architecture 10 (Dr. Robert Winter)

  

AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

   Adjunct Professor: applied lessons and chamber music

   Private Instructor: applied lessons and chamber music

 

Diamond Bar High School

   Orchestra and Arts Academy coach

SOMA music academy Diamond Bar, CA

   Cello Instructor

   Chamber music coach

Mosaic Music Yorba Linda, CA

   Cello Instructor

Harmony Project Lawndale, CA

   Substitute Teacher

South Pasadena Strings Program South Pasadena, CA

   Cello Instructor

La Canada Music Studio La Crescenta, CA

   Cello Instructor

Education Through Music-Los Angeles

   Teaching Artist: ETM-LA is an inner city outreach program which teaches general music in a classroom   

   setting with all students learning cello or violin

 

MASTER CLASSES

Central Washington University

Diamond Bar High School (Chamber Music)

Strings clinic for summer program at APU

 

ADJUDICATION

MTAC Concerto Competition--Whittier

Jury, Azusa Pacific University

California All-Southern Orchestra Auditions

 

PERFORMANCE

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES

   Erhu Holding Hands with the World: Small Ensemble: Tour of Shanghai with erhu virtuoso Xiaohui Ma

   London: Chamber Music with L.A. Collaboration

   Panevezys and Klaipeda, Lithuania

   Chamber Music with L.A. Collaboration

   Zaparozhye, Ukraine

   Solo & Chamber Music with L.A. Collaboration

   International Chamber Music Worskhop--Pulawy, Poland

   Banff Arts Festival—Master Class Program

 

SOLOS WITH ORCHESTRA

Faure Elegie: Lake Ave Chamber Symphony

Beethoven Triple Concerto: Zaparozhye, Ukraine

Shostakovich Concerto no. 1: Central Washington University Orchestra

Elgar Introduction and Allegro: Central Washington University Chamber Orchestra

Saint-Saens Concerto: North Sound Youth Symphony

Bruch Kol Nidrei: Ferndale High School Chamber Orch.
 

PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP

UCLA Symphony

Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra

Azusa Pacific University Orchestra

Debut Orchestra (Acting Principal)

University of British Columbia Symphony

Central Washington University

Washington All-State Orchestra


 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Pacific Bach Project

 East West Studio

Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra

Lake Avenue Gold Line Series

Los Angeles Collaboration

Musical Theater West

3-D Theatricals

La Mirada Theater

Martin Sound

Sunflower Music Festival

The Bridge Recording Studio

Center Staging Productions

Boomerang Studios

Eastern Sierra Summer Symphony Orchestra

YMF Debut Orchestra

Torrance Symphony

Chamber Music San Juan

Yakima Symphony

Wenatchee Valley Symphony

 

 

COMPETITIONS

Coleman Chamber Music Competition Finals

Rio Hondo Young Artist Competition

Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Semifinals

CBC Pacific Spotlight

ASTA w/NSOA solo competition: 1st place, WA State

 

RECORDING

FILM

   Jesus

   Hush Hush

  Chicago Overcoat

   Jan Kaczmarek's film score: The Karamazov Brothers

RECORDS

   Dusty Rhodes and the River Band Palace and Stage

   LA Collaboration

RADIO

   CBC Radio Pacific Coast Spotlight

   King FM (Seattle)

   KUSC Live at LACMA

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

ORGANIZATION/ADMIN

UCLA School of Arts and Architecture: Faculty Executive Committee Student Representative

Vim Trio

Abraxas Quartet

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY

Lecture Recital for UCLA Institute for Molecular Medicine (IMED) Seminar

 

TECHNOLOGY

Finale

ProTools (recording for self/students)

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Gluck Fellowship Program

 Abraxas Quartet

© 2019 by Jonathan Thomson

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