NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Professor of Music Dr. J. Mark Thompson will present a recital at Northwestern State Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend.
The program, “Bass Trombone Favorites,” will include works from composers Halsey Stevens, Robert Planel, Donald White, Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Jan Koetsier. Elena Bogaczová will collaborate on piano. The work by Koetsier will feature a trombone trio including NSU adjunct instructor Andrew Eden, graduate assistant Matt Petty and Colombian student Adrian Alfaro-Fontalvo.
Thompson joined the Northwestern State faculty in 2000. He teaches applied trombone, bass trombone and tuba along with related courses such as performance literature, pedagogy, recitals and trombone choir. In addition, he serves the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts as coordinator of statistics and acquisitions.
Thompson has taught at Coe College and Kirkwood Community College, both in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and at Stephen F. Austin State University. He became a nationally certified teacher of music with a college faculty certificate in brass awarded by the Music Teachers National Association in 1997, and in 2012 he was recognized with the awarding of the permanent professional certificate. Thompson was honored as the first recipient of the Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award at NSU “in recognition of a career of outstanding scholarship and exceptional professional contributions.”