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Milligan to host woodwind clinic

Milligan College, Tenn. (Nov. 19, 2007) – Milligan College will sponsor a woodwind clinic led by Winthrop University jazz director Dr. Phil Thompson on Friday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

Thompson has been professor of clarinet, saxophone and flute at Winthrop University in South Carolina since 1979 and director of the award-winning Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble since 1993.  For over 30 years, he has performed as a saxophonist and clarinetist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed on flute, clarinet, saxophone and oboe with dozens of New York Broadway road musicals.

Thompson regularly performs recitals and concerts on high school and university campuses throughout the United States and Europe. In 1994, he received the James Pickney Kinard/Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching from Winthrop University and was the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award winner in music at East Carolina University.

A native of Virginia, Thompson is a graduate of East Carolina University and the University of Michigan. He completed a doctor of musical arts degree in multiple woodwind performance at the University of North Texas in 1993, where he also played lead alto saxophone in the Two O’Clock Lab Band.

Sponsored in part by Conn-Selmer, Inc., the largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments and accessories in the United States, the clinic is free and open to flute, clarinet and saxophone players of all ages and experience levels. For more information, please contact the music office at 423.461.8723, or email

Posted by on November 19, 2007.