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Friday Webinars at Wharton Arts – Stanford Thompson: The Community’s Practice Room
October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Friday Webinars at Wharton Arts is an hour-long weekly program where artists of different disciplines make authentic connections between art and life through sharing their stories, expertise, and creations. These webinars are curated and hosted by Artistic Director Helen H. Cha-Pyo.
This week’s webinar is Stanford Thompson: The Community’s Practice Room
As a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and Founder/Executive Director of Play On Philly, Stanford Thompson understands the importance of technical mastery and musical knowledge while adding value to diverse communities of people. Like mastering instrumental technique and ensemble collaboration, building relationships with those around you takes just as much practice as scales and etudes. In today’s challenging times, many of us have a more difficult time defining and pursuing our future aspirations. Stanford will share his inspiring story and unpack several ideas that can help impact the lives of those around you.
ABOUT STANFORD THOMPSON
Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Recognized as a TED Fellow, Thompson believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change. Thompson serves on the faculty of the Global Leaders Program and regularly presents at major universities and music conservatories about leadership, entrepreneurship and social justice. As a consultant, he has guided the development of dozens of music programs across the United States and collaborated with major orchestras, higher education institutions, and arts organizations to develop new strategies and initiatives that help provide equitable access to the arts. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as a soloist and member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA, a graduate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program.