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 The Preucil School with Doris Preucil. Emily is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and 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. As a professional violinist, Emily has performed in orchestras throughout the region, including as a regular contributor to the full and chamber orchestras of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Emily also collaborates professionally with the Heartland Chamber Chorale, the Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, and the IPFW Choirs. 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 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.
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 in several professional modern and baroque orchestras in the region, and founded the Fort Wayne Baroque Soloists with her husband Jason Thompson.
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 began music at birth with a piano technician father and a mother who taught her nearly every subject with songs. Emily played piano from age three, and violin from age eleven. Her siblings are all proficient on piano and other instruments, and she sang and played in public with her family from an early age.