I am Shannon Thompson, and my main method of music-making is through the voice of the clarinet and bass clarinet. I play lots of chamber and solo music, and I also perform as principal clarinetist of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and bass clarinetist of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Here's a link to a review of my performance of Gouvy's Sonata at the 2016 ClarinetFest International Clarinet Association Festival.

I have led the clarinet studio at Western Carolina University since 1997 where I am Professor of Music in the School of Music. I have a full studio of engaged clarinetists who are music majors, and I also teach single reed-making and orchestra literature, as well as coach chamber ensembles. If you are interested in joining the clarinet studio, here's some information.

My research activities are focused on American clarinet players of the twentieth century, as well as their French clarinetist predecessors from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Current projects include video interviews, as well as research on the French and American reed companies of the mid-twentieth century. Follow this link to information on doctoral treatise on the Philadelphia School of Clarinet Playing and my 2012 ClarinetFest presentation on how Daniel Bonade and his students achieved their sounds. 


    
With my husband Odell at the Buffet Factory
in Mantes-La-Ville, France 
Latest Research Project Newest clarinetist and daughter of distinguished WCU Clarinet Studio Alumna Performing with pianist Rebecca Wilt at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy