". . . a marvelous technique and a splendid spectrum of tone."
    -- The Harrisburg Register
Strings of fire.
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Christopher Thompson began private violin studies at the age of six. His teachers included Willard Shull, Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and Professor John Hitchings at Radford University in Virginia. Thompson earned the Bachelor of Music degree in violin at the University of Alabama with Henry Barrett, with whom he also studied the viola. While a senior at the University of Alabama, Thompson was the national violin winner in the NFMC National Student Auditions.

He studied violin with Robert Snyder at the University of Memphis where he earned the Master of Music degree in violin. While at the University of Memphis, Thompson also studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Madame Yuko Takahashi, one of Dr. Suzuki’s original students.

Thompson earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin in the studio of Dinos Constantinides at the LSU School of Music as the recipient of a doctoral teaching assistantship. While a doctoral student, Thompson was the recipient of a grant from the Tupelo Young Artist Foundation and a Baton Rouge Symphony Scholarship.

In the fall of 1982, Christopher Thompson was appointed as Assistant Professor of Violin at Murray State University. While at Murray, Thompson also served as Concertmaster of the Jackson Symphony in Tennessee. From 1989 until 2010 Dr. Thompson served as Professor of Violin and chairman of the string division at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Thompson studied violin at the Meadowmount School of Music with Margaret Pardee of the Juilliard faculty in the summers of 1974 and 1975. Thompson served as Ms Pardee’s teaching assistant at the Estherwood Festival in New York in 1986 and at Meadowmount in 1988.

Thompson received a Professional Development Grant from the Virginia Martin Howard Foundation for advanced violin studies in New York with Charles Castleman, Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music, during the summers of 2007 and 2008. In May of 2010, Thompson received notice that he had won a $22,000 Grant of the University of Louisiana System Board of Regents to produce a recording on the Centaur label. The grant paid for a trip to New York in the summer of 2010 where Thompson again coached with Charles Castleman in preparation for the recording.

Dr. Thompson has thirty years of experience in teaching students ranging from age four through graduate school level. He has taught using both the Suzuki Method and the traditional approach for the intermediate and advanced students. Dr. Thompson’s former students now pursue successful careers as performers and teachers throughout the United States.