Department of Music's 'ThompsonTalks' Showcases Variety of Speakers

Sep. 18, 2017

ThompsonTalks Showcases Variety of Speakers
Gene Dobbs Bradford, Executive Director of Jazz STL and Jazz at the Bistro gave a talk on Friday, Sept. 15

The Department of Music inaugurated another year of ThompsonTalks with five guest speakers in the last two weeks. ThompsonTalks are named for the location of most talks: Thompson Music Building, built in 1910, and on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Our ThompsonTalks seminar series is designed to present to music students people who are not necessarily doing now what they thought they’d be doing at age 18,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music in Webster’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

“Throughout the course of the year we host educators, entrepreneurs, community musicians, and artists in allied professions—all in hopes of broadening horizons and presenting a much wider world of performing arts to our music majors. In addition to this wide roster of artists, we kicked off the year with a musician’s health and safety briefing from faculty at Washington University School of Medicine.”

Guests have included:

  • Tali Allen, director of Education at Stages STL
  • Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director of Jazz STL and Jazz at the Bistro
  • Suzanne Palmer, music educator in the Normandy school district
  • Andy Waggoner, community musician with a large suburban church and community choirs on both sides of the Mississippi River

For more details regarding ThompsonTalks, please visit The Department of Music's performance calendar.

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