Emily Thompson


Emily Thompson is an adjunct music faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University and the Director of the IWU Suzuki Violin Program.  She is an experienced Suzuki teacher and professional violinist.

Emily Thompson studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at the Indiana University String Academy, where she learned and applied the teaching methods of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, and Mimi Zweig as a graduate student and assistant teacher. She also taught as an assistant in the IU Summer String Academy, and served on the faculty of the  Indianapolis Academy of Music. Emily pursued Suzuki training at the Hartt Suzuki Institute with Christie Felsing and Ed Kreitman and The Preucil School with Doris Preucil.  Emily is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Media Secretary of the Suzuki Association of Indiana.

Emily is a professional orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist.  Emily made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 performing with Soprani Compagni. She is a member of the IWU Faculty Piano Quartet. As a professional violinist, Emily has performed in orchestras throughout the region, and is a member of the Marion Philharmonic. Emily has toured with Mannheim Steamroller, and played back up to such artists as Mary Wilson (the Supremes), Ben Folds, Manhattan Transfer, and Heather Headley.  

Emily Thompson graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Master’s degree in Early Music (baroque violin) and an outside area in violin pedagogy.   Emily studied in the Early Music Institute under Stanley Ritchie in baroque violin and performing major baroque and classical repertoire in the IU Baroque Orchestra. Emily also performed and toured with the Pro Arte Singers, and in the opera and classical orchestras of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Emily performed as a contracted musician with the Terre Haute Symphony and Owensboro Symphony, and founded the Fort Wayne Baroque Soloists with her husband Jason Thompson.   

Emily completed her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Bowling Green State University, where she studied violin with Vasile Beluska and Penny Thompson Kruse, piano with Laura Melton, and harpsichord with Vincent Corrigan. During her undergraduate years, Emily performed as a member of several professional orchestras, including Mansfield Symphony and Adrian Symphony. She participated in international summer festivals, including ARIA International Music Academy, and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and played masterclasses for Janet Sung and Midori. Emily graduated summa cum laude in 2005.

During high school,  Emily studied violin with Hua Jin (former associate concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, now in the Indianapolis Symphony), and won several awards, including the Concerto Competition with the IPFW Symphony Orchestra, and a Music Talent Award to study violin performance at Bowling Green State University.    Emily also worked for Coplin Piano Service in piano repair, moving, and office management, and took college-level music, philosophy, and literature classes at Taylor University Fort Wayne.

Emily Thompson was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up in a musical household. Emily played piano from age three, and violin from age eleven. Several of her eight siblings are also professional musicians and teachers, and her father, Michael Coplin, is an expert piano technician and owner of Coplin Piano Service, serving clients across NW Ohio and NE Indiana.