Adjunct Professor, Choral
Paul Thompson is a member of the choral faculty at UW-Milwaukee, where he directs the University Choir, the Men's Choir, and teaches conducting and voice classes. Prior to his UWM appointment, Paul was on faculty at UW-Manitowoc where he taught music theory, aural skills, music literature and appreciation, history of rock and roll, and directed the choir. Paul holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from UW-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Marian University in Fond du Lac. Between degrees, he was director of vocal music and jazz studies at St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI, where he directed the Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz ensembles, Madrigal Singers, Music Liturgy Ensemble, and the Jazz Band. He has also directed church music for a number of years, currently serving as director of choirs at Mt. Zion Lutheran church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Paul serves as artistic director and conductor of the Lakeshore Chorale, a 40-voice auditioned community choir in Sheboygan, WI. Paul is also the music and tech director at Maximillians in Mt. Calvary, WI, where he is instrumental in the production of two professional music reviews each year.
Paul is an award-winning singer, having won the 2008 UWM Concerto and Aria competition and receiving first place at the 2005 Wisconsin NATS competition. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Green Lake Festival, the Fond du Lac Summer Music Festival, the South Shore Chorale, and the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers. Paul performs regularly with the East Side Chamber Players, a group of young professional musicians from the Milwaukee area who perform concerts of chamber works throughout the Midwest. In addition, Paul has appeared as a guest artist with Vocal Tapestry, the UW-Milwaukee University Community Orchestra, Present Music in Milwaukee, and as a performer on the Yolanda Marculescu Vocal Arts Series.