Dr. Paul Thompson is Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, Idaho, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Palouse Choral Society. He previously served as assistant professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Idaho where he conducted choral ensembles, taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, choral methods classes, and oversaw the master’s program in choral conducting. Before that, he was at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, where he was Director of Choral Activities and Voice Area Coordinator. Thompson has also been a member of the choral faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and spent four years directing the choirs at St. Mary’s Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI.
In 2016, Thompson completed his DMA in Choral Conducting and Literature at CU-Boulder, where his TA duties included directing two vocal jazz ensembles, working with several choirs, and assisting in the teaching of undergraduate conducting. During this time, he won first place in the 2016 SWACDA Graduate Conducting Competition. Thompson also holds a MM in Choral Conducting from UW-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in Voice from Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.
Thompson’s primary research interest is in the area of conducting pedagogy. His current focus is an attempt to inform and re-frame non-verbal musical communication using ideas from Information Theory and Bloom’s Taxonomy, a topic on which he has been invited to give workshops and presentations across the country.
Thompson is an active participant in the furtherance of choral music throughout the country, frequently appearing as a clinician and honor choir director. Also active as a singer, he has appeared as a soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, The Green Lake Festival, Bach Festival Florence, The King’s Counterpoint, and the Florence Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has appeared as a guest artist with Vocal Tapestry, Present Music in Milwaukee, and as a performer on the Yolanda Marculescu Vocal Arts Series.