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Central Oregon Community College

2600 NW College Way

Bend, Oregon 97701

United States

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Central Oregon Community College, the oldest two-year college in Oregon, provides comprehensive college services to the residents of its 10,000-square-mile district. ... more

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Best Of New Orleans


Freelance Musician and Educator

Director of Music Ministries

First Presbyterian Church


Board Member
Cascade Chorale

Obsidian Opera Company Inc



Music Composition and Conducting

University of Minnesota


composition and choral

Eastman School of Music


composition and choral

University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Clyde Thompson

Currently Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon.

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Central Oregon musicians Michael Gesme, Clyde Thompson and Rhonda Ringering will serve as adjudicators for each performance.

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Central Oregon Mastersingers founder and director Clyde Thompson leads the 48-voice choir in a late November rehearsal for this weekend's performance of Handel's "Messiah."

Central Oregon Mastersingers founder and director Clyde Thompson leads the choir in a warmup before a rehearsal for "Messiah," in performance this weekend at the Tower Theatre in Bend.
Central Oregon Mastersingers founder and director Clyde Thompson leads the 48-voice choir in a late November rehearsal for this weekend's performance of Handel's "Messiah."
George Fridrich Handel's "Messiah" oratorio has been performed somewhere in the world every year since 1750, according to Clyde Thompson, founder and director of the Central Oregon Mastersingers.
Thompson has had a hand in several "Messiah" performances himself, and this weekend, he'll again conduct the Mastersingers, along with a 19-piece orchestra, in three performances of "Messiah" at the Tower Theatre in Bend.
It marks Thompson's fourth occasion conducting a Mastersingers performance of "Messiah" - the others were 2007, 2008 and 2011 - and about the seventh of his career overall (he's also sung it as a choir member).
Thompson retired from his music teaching post at Central Oregon Community College in 2004 to focus in part on composition. In fall 2005, he began leading the Mastersingers, now in their 11th season.
So it's safe to say that Thompson is pretty familiar with the material. Nevertheless, he makes fresh discoveries each time he digs into the iconic work, which stands alongside Beethoven's symphonies as being among the greatest in the classical music canon, he said.
"Having done it three times with the Mastersingers, when we started to work on it (this time), I realized, 'I have to dig deeper here to get myself enthused about this.' Of course, it didn't take long," he said, adding that a music scholar could spend a lifetime studying "Messiah."
Handel began composing the music in late August 1741, completing it in just 24 days, Thompson said.
He had written all these Italian operas, and when they fell out of fashion and he was losing his audience in England," Thompson said.
He was even possibly contemplating returning to Germany, the country of his birth," Thompson said.
"Part of what makes 'Messiah' unique among Handel's oratorios is that it doesn't have the dramatic action of his other oratorios, which duplicate the passion and high drama of operas," Thompson said. "'Messiah' is much more reflective - 'sublime' was a word used from the very first performance on."
In his program notes for the concert, Thompson includes a quote that ran in a Dublin newspaper after "Messiah" premiered there around Easter 1742.
In a follow-up email, Thompson sent the following quote about Messiah's final movement, which comes from the first 1760 biography on Handel, by John Mainwaring, published in 1760, one year after Handel's death.
After a recent rehearsal, Thompson solicited from choir members their thoughts on revisiting "Messiah. Mastersingers member Jeffrey White echoed Mainwaring's transcendent thought.
"(T)he only word I have for the last page of the 'Amen' … is 'celestial.' It was other-worldly.

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