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  • degrees , composition and choral
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • degrees , composition and choral
    University of Minnesota
  • degrees , composition and choral
    Eastman School of Music
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Our Director, Clyde Thompson - Central Oregon Mastersingers, 28 July 2015 [cached]
Clyde Thompson Clyde Thompson (b. 1947), founder and director of the Central Oregon Mastersingers, has pursued a multi-faceted career as a teacher, performer, director and composer. For eighteen years he served on music faculties of colleges in West Virginia, Illinois and Oregon. Thompson holds degrees in composition and choral directing from the University of Minnesota, Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Thompson served for nine years as Director of the Cascade Chorale until his retirement from Central Oregon Community College in 2004. Since then, he has performed with or led numerous other music organizations in Central Oregon. | Directory, 3 Aug 2015 [cached]
Clyde Thompson
St. Charles Medical Center online, 23 Oct 2003 [cached]
Clyde ThompsonPhone: 541-385-7229
"We Have Spoken" is a concert-length cantata for chorus, soloists, two pianos, synthesizer and percussion written by Clyde Thompson, a music instructor at Central Oregon Community College and director of the Cascade Chorale.Thompson spent 12 years researching Native American writings from the 15th to 20th centuries and setting those words to music.
For more information about the cantata, contact Clyde Thompson at 541-385-7229.
Central Oregon Concert Band, 24 Mar 2001 [cached]
Dr. Clyde Thompson , Director
Central Oregon Concert Band , Dr. Clyde Thompson Director , Pinckney Center for the Performing Arts , June 1. Ticket prices : $6.00 Genral Admission / $4.00 Students and Seniors.BoxOffice.
Clyde Thompson is now in his fifth year as Associate Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College.In addition to directing the Concert Band , Dr. Thompson conducts the 110-voice Cascade Chorale and the College Choir.He is active in the Central Oregon region as an adjudicator and clinician , and is a published composer.This year three of his works are being published ; two choral compositions are being released by the Lorenz Corporation of Dayton , Ohio , and an instrumental work , Four Miniatures for Woodwind Trio , is being published by Editions Viento of Portland.
Dr. Clyde Thompson holds degrees in Music Composition and Conducting from the University of Minnesota , Eastman School of Music , and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.Before coming to Central Oregon , he taught at Triton College in Chicago , Illinois , and at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia.
A History of the Central Oregon Concert Band
The Central Oregon Concert Band was is a 55-member ensemble made up of adults from all around the Central Oregon region.It was re-established as a college and community band in 1976 to fill a need for local adults to play in a concert and wind ensemble.Thus , the band is in many respects , a continuation of the Bend Municipal Band which had performed earlier in the century.Though the members are from many walks of life ( ranging from music storeowners to state police employees ) , all are students and lovers of band music.
The band is open for membership to musicians in the area and interested parties are encouraged to contact any band member or the director , Clyde Thompson , at ( 541 ) 383-7517 or by Email.
Central Oregon Mastersingers ..., 1 Jan 2011 [cached]
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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