Kenneth Thompson


  • Position: Professor,
    Conducting & Ensembles
  • Phone: 419-372-8104
  • Email:
  • Address: 1005 Moore Musical Arts Center

Dr. Kenneth Thompson currently serves as professor in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  His responsibilities include conducting ensembles in the band area, teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting and repertoire and working closely with music education students. Additionally, he serves on the conducting staff of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Wu Family Academy where he directs the DSO Civic Wind Symphony and the CYE Philharmonic Orchestra. A graduate of Limestone College (SC) with a double major in music education and trumpet, Thompson received a master's degree in music education and doctorate in conducting from The University of Iowa. Previous professional appointments include Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and associate conductor of the St. Louis Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds.  He has conducted performances of numerous world premieres, commissions and for multiple professional conferences, radio broadcasts and recordings.

With publications in the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Journal of Band Research, Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, Journal of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, The Instrumentalist, Bandmusic PDF Archives and the BCM International Web Archive, Dr. Thompson maintains a reputation as both a scholar and performer.  He has appeared as a guest conductor, lecturer or clinician for the International Society for Music Education, the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Conference of the MENC, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio and Missouri Music Educators Association conferences, the Missouri Bandmasters conference, the Midwest Composers Symposium and the Iowa Center for New Music.  In high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, Thompson maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and China.

Benjamin Taylor - Whiz Bang | BGSU Concert Band - Dr. Kenneth Thompson, conductor


Asha Srinivasan - Shadja-maalika | BGSU Concert Band - Dr. Kenneth Thompson, conductor


Alex Shapiro - Depth | BGSU University Band - Dr. Kenneth Thompson, conductor


Jonathan Newman - Blow It Up, Start Again | BGSU Wind Symphony - Dr. Kenneth Thompson, conductor


John Mackey -The Frozen Cathedral | BGSU Wind Symphony - Dr. Kenneth Thompson, conductor


Michael Colgrass - Winds of Nagual  | BGSU Wind Symphony - Dr. Kenneth Thompson, conductor

Updated: 08/18/2021 08:25AM