National Association of Schools of Music faculty record report



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James Thompson

  1. Professor of Trumpet


James Thompson is Professor of Trumpet at the renowned Eastman School of Music. He came to this position having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since September 1990. He has held corresponding positions with the Phoenix Symphony, the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the National Symphony of Mexico, and for 14 years, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is in addition currently Solo trumpet of the Orchestra Toscanini under the direction of Loren Mazel.Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he began trumpet studies at the age of ten. His principal teachers included Richard Longfield and Roger Voisin.

Mr. Thompson has been active both as a soloist and a teacher. He has taught trumpet and Brass Ensemble at Northern Arizona University, the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has also performed as soloist with orchestras in North and South America as well as Europe. In 1979 he competed in the first Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition and was a prizewinner. He has made recital tours to Japan, Australia Canada, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Latin America. He has also been a guest artist with the Summit Brass, a brass chamber ensemble made up of members from America¹s finest orchestras, and Chicago¹s Music of the Baroque. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Opening Ceremonies he was seen performing a jazz/gospel trumpet solo on television more than 3 billion people. In the last year he has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore Symphony.

Mr. Thompson has also actively encouraged new compositions for the trumpet. In 1987 he performed the world premiere of Malcolm Forsyth¹s Concerto for Trumpet, which was written for him and the Montreal Symphony.

He has recorded this concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra for CBC Records in May 1992. In 1990 he performed the Quebec premier of Jacques Hetu¹s Trumpet Concerto, and in March of 1992 he gave the world premier of the Glenn Buhr Concerto for Trumpet, also written for him and the Montreal Symphony.

Mr. Thompson can be heard on London Decca recordings with the Montreal Symphony, and Telarc¹s Atlanta Symphony releases. He has also recorded on the Chandos Label in performances, which include, Vivaldi¹s Concerto for Two Trumpets, and the critically acclaimed Shostakovich Concerto #1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. In addition he has recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble new works for trumepet and Wind Ensemble entitled Danzon.

Mr.Thompson is a Yamaha Performing Artist.



National Association of Schools of Music

FACULTY RECORD REPORT

(Required for each full-time and part-time faculty member)

Institution Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Name True, Nelita Date June 30, 2012

Rank (check one): None Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor

Instructor Teaching Assistant Other (check “None” if no rank system exists)



Tenure Status Tenured Tenure-track Non-tenured

Date of Appointment I July 1987

Nature of Assignment Full-Time Part-Time – please indicate the fraction (e.g., ½, ¼, etc.)

Level of Teaching (check all that apply): Non-Degree-Granting – Elementary/Secondary Non-Degree-Granting – Postsecondary

Associate Baccalaureate Masters Doctoral



Administrative Position (if applicable):


  1. Education and Training

Degrees, Diplomas, etc.InstitutionDate Completed

or ExpectedMajor FieldMinor FieldBachelor of MusicUniversity of Michigan1958PianoMaster of MusicUniversity of Michigan1960PianoProfessional StudiesJuilliard School of Music1960-63PianoFulbright ScholarParis, France1965-66PianoDoctor of Musical ArtsPeabody Conservatory1976Piano

B. Teaching Assignment


1. If you give instruction in applied music in individual lessons, please supply the following information:

I teach (e.g. , piano, voice, composition) Piano . This term, I devote



16 clock hours to this type of teaching each week.

2. Please supply the following for lecture or ensemble courses you teach regularly over a three-year period. Include non-credit courses.



Course Number and TitleHours Credit

Per TermClock Hours of

Teaching Per WeekFall & Spr: Studio Class02 hrs.Fall & Spr: Technique Class01 hr.

  1. Biography and Curriculum Vitae

  2. Biography on reverse side of this sheet.

  3. Curriculum Vitae available on site.

NASM Faculty Record Report Eastman School of Music 2012


Nelita True

  1. Professor of Piano


Since Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty states in America. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes and has been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes.

Ms. True has been described in Clavier Companion as “One of the world’s most sought-after and beloved pianist-teachers.”  Her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions, and many of her former students now serve on the faculties of major schools around the U.S. and in other countries.  Formerly Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, Ms. True is currently Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music.   She was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastman, the 2002 Achievement Award from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education from the University of Rochester, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference (USA).

Ms. True has been a jury member for the China International Piano Competition (Beijing), the Queen Sonja International Piano Competition (Oslo), the National Piano Competition in Brazil, the Horowitz Competition (Kiev), the Concours de Musique in Canada, the PTNA (Tokyo), the Lev Vlassenko Competition in Australia, and the Gina Bachauer, New Orleans, Hilton Head, and William Kapell International Piano Competitions in the U.S.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan as a student of Helen Titus, Ms. True went on to Juilliard to study with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and then earned the DMA with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory.  In Paris, she studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant.

S and H Productions of Kansas City produced a series of four videotapes, “Nelita True at Eastman,” featuring her performances, lectures, and teaching. These videos are currently being seen on five continents. She has been featured in articles in Clavier, Piano Today, The European Piano Teachers’ Journal, and is the subject of cover stories in Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion.

National Association of Schools of Music

FACULTY RECORD REPORT

(Required for each full-time and part-time faculty member)

Institution Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Name VanDemark, James Date June 30, 2012

Rank (check one): None Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor

Instructor Teaching Assistant Other (check “None” if no rank system exists)



Tenure Status Tenured Tenure-track Non-tenured

Date of Appointment 1 July 1976

Nature of Assignment Full-Time Part-Time – please indicate the fraction (e.g., ½, ¼, etc.)

Level of Teaching (check all that apply): Non-Degree-Granting – Elementary/Secondary Non-Degree-Granting – Postsecondary

Associate Baccalaureate Masters Doctoral



Administrative Position (if applicable): Co-Chair: Strings, Harp, & Guitar Department


  1. Education and Training

Degrees, Diplomas, etc.InstitutionDate Completed

or ExpectedMajor FieldMinor FieldBachelor of Fine ArtsSUNY Buffalo 1976Music Performance

B. Teaching Assignment

1. If you give instruction in applied music in individual lessons, please supply the following information:

I teach (e.g. , piano, voice, composition) DOUBLE BASS . This term, I devote

17 clock hours to this type of teaching each week.

2. Please supply the following for lecture or ensemble courses you teach regularly over a three-year period. Include non-credit courses.



Course Number and TitleHours Credit

Per TermClock Hours of

Teaching Per WeekFall & Spr: Studio Class02 hrs.

  1. Biography and Curriculum Vitae

  2. Biography on reverse side of this sheet.

  3. Curriculum Vitae available on site.

NASM Faculty Record Report Eastman School of Music 2012




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