Flutist James Thompson to Perform Benefit Recital for Southeast Missouri Music Academy


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James Thompson will perform a benefit flute recital July 10 at Southeast’s River Campus. 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 23, 2011 — James Thompson, a flute performance major at Truman State University, will perform a benefit recital for the Southeast Missouri Music Academy on Sunday, July 10.

The recital is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. This concert is free and is open to the public.  Donations to the scholarship program of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy will be accepted at the door. 

His one-hour recital will include music from the Baroque era to contemporary music, and will provide a sampling of colorful and diverse music for the flute.  Thompson will perform several unaccompanied works, including a solo movement by the great Baroque composer J. S. Bach, as well as a virtuosic solo composition by French composer Jacques Ibert.  Also on the program will be a French Romantic showpiece for flute and piano by Paul Taffenel.   A lively and fascinating contemporary work for flute and tape by the British composer, Ian Clarke, will also be performed.  Thompson also will present two ensemble works: a flute duo by 20th-century master composer, Paul Hindemith, and an enchanting selection from the famous “London Trios” by Joseph Haydn. Assisting in his recital will be Paul Thompson, flute and piano, and Sara Edgerton, cello.

James Thompson is currently a senior flute performance major attending Truman State University, where he studies with Dr. Julianna Moore.  At Truman State, he is the piccoloist of both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony I.  He is also a member of the Truman State Flute Quartet and Flute Choir and is the piccoloist of the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band.  Thompson attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival on a scholarship for two summers.  He was a finalist in the 2010 Jacqueline Avent Scholarship Concerto Competition at Sewanee, as well as a finalist in Truman State’s 2010 Gold Medal Competition.  He has performed at many venues, including recitals of the Southern Illinois and St. Louis Flute Societies. 

A native of Cape Girardeau, James Thompson attended Notre Dame Regional High School, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Band.  While at Notre Dame, he was a member of the All-District Band for four years and participated in the district solo and ensemble competition as well as the state music competition.  He took flute and cello lessons through the Southeast Missouri Music Academy with Paul Thompson, Candice Summers and Lindsey Kohm.  His primary flute teachers are Moore and Paul Thompson.  He has had additional study with Patricia George, Mary Stolper and Mark Sparks.  He has performed in masterclasses and also has studied oboe and cello. In addition to performing, James Thompson has taught beginning flute and cello students and is a music theory tutor at Truman.  He plans to pursue a master’s degree in music after completing his studies at Truman.