About Emily Thompson

Emily J. Thompson is a professional violinist and teacher with a Master of Music degree in Early Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University. She has a private violin studio in Fort Wayne, IN, and directs and teaches in the Indiana Wesleyan University Suzuki Violin Program in Marion, IN, where she has also taught as adjunct music faculty in violin, chamber music, string techniques, and music fine arts.

Emily studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at the Indiana University String Academy, where she taught as an assistant in the IU String Academy. She is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and received her Suzuki training from Christie Felsing, Doris Preucil and Edward Kreitman. She has taught violin in the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, and at Oak Farm Montessori School, Avilla, IN, and maintained a private studio for 10 years. She is the Secretary and Media Specialist for the Suzuki Association of Indiana.

Emily is a professional orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 performing with IWU music faculty in the group Soprani Compagni, and has performed numerous faculty recitals at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has played in professional orchestras throughout the region, including the Mansfield, Adrian, Terre Haute, Lima, and Owensboro Symphonies, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She has toured with Mannheim Steamroller, and performed with many popular artists, including Ben Folds, the Smothers Brothers, Manhattan Transfer, Heather Headley, and Michael Feinstein. She is currently a member of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a baroque violinist, she performs with the Bach Collegium Fort Wayne and is a founding member of the Fort Wayne Baroque Soloists. She has also collaborated with period groups Eleganza Baroque, New Comma Baroque, and La Réunion Musicale. She is a member of the Redeemer Consort, a mixed ensemble specializing in sacred Lutheran music of the 16th through 18th centuries, and also performs in a chamber orchestra at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Fort Wayne.

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. 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 Thompson was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Hicksville, Ohio, where she grew up in a musical family. Emily played piano from age three, and violin from age eleven. Most 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.

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