is a conductor, violinist/violist, and teacher living
in Salem, Oregon
Thomson grew up in Sunnyvale, California, and attended the University
of California at Berkeley, where he received A.B. and M.A. degrees in
Music, studying conducting with Michael Senturia and Philip Brett.
Before becoming a teacher, he enjoyed a successful career as a
freelance musician, holding posts including Principal Violist of the
Carmel Bach Festival, Associate Conductor of the Berkeley Symphony
Orchestra, and Music Director of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra.
As an educator he was for 11 years the Music Director of the Virtuoso
Program at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, a unique opportunity
for high school students to pursue intensive orchestral and chamber
music training in addition to a rigorous college preparatory
curriculum. The San Domenico Orchestra da Camera, under Mr. Thomson’s
direction, won the “Grand Champion” award at the National Orchestra
Festival sponsored by the American String Teachers’ Association on
three occasions–in 2005, 2008, and 2010. The Virtuoso Program was
featured in the February 2004 issue of Strings Magazine, and
was featured on the nationally-broadcast radio program “From the Top”
in February of 2006.
George moved to Oregon in 2010. He teaches Orchestra, Music Theory,
and Music Appreciation at West Salem High School. He resides in Salem
with his wife, musician and writer Michelle Dulak Thomson, and two
cats, Lili and Charlie.
school website can be found here.