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George Thomson has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a conductor, instrumentalist, and educator. Raised in Sunnyvale, California, George 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. He was for several years Music Director of the San Francisco-based new music ensemble EARPLAY, and appeared as a guest conductor with many new music ensembles, including the Empyrean Ensemble, Composers Inc., and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.  Formerly Music Director of the Prometheus Symphony, a community orchestra based in Oakland, George also appeared as a guest conductor with the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, among others. George was Music Director of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2010; he also conducted the Marin Symphony in their annual Family Concert. From Fall of 1994 until 2007 he worked as a conductor for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. As Associate Conductor, he conducted a subscription program as well as several rehearsals each season in the absence of Music Director Kent Nagano. He directed the Symphony's "Under Construction" series of new music reading events, and was also the Music Director of the Symphony's award-winning Music Education Program, which brings the orchestra into the Berkeley Public Schools in a series of innovative performances each season. Other memorable Bay Area gigs included two productions with Berkeley Opera ("Acis and Galatea" and "The Abduction from the Seraglio") and a run of "H.M.S. Pinafore" with Lamplighters Music Theater.

George is an accomplished performer on modern and period instruments. He has enjoyed long associations with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the American Bach Soloists; from 1996 to 2005 he was Principal Violist of the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was a member of the Festival String Quartet. Most recently he has performed at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and enjoys being a very occasional sub with the Newport Symphony on the Oregon coast.

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. In the Fall of 2010 he moved to Oregon, where he subsequently obtained a second Master's degree, in Teaching, at Western Oregon University. Having served for two years as Director of Orchestras for Corvallis School District 509J in Corvallis, Oregon--winning the 2012 and 2013 OSAA State Championships for String Orchestra with the Corvallis Camerata--he is now the Orchestra Director at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, and Conductor of the Corvallis Youth Symphony. In the summer, he coaches chamber music at the OSU Chamber Music Workshop in Corvallis and conducts the orchestra at the University of Oregon's Summer Band and Orchestra camp in Eugene. He resides in Salem with his wife, musician and writer Michelle Dulak Thomson, and two cats, Lili and Charlie.




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