Peter Gram Swing Lecture: Stanford Thompson
4:30 PM
6:00 PM
2014 Peter Gram Swing Lecture

Stanford Thompson: \"Classical music at the service of Philadelphia's most vulnerable children\"

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action. He serves as the Founder and Artistic Director for the El Sistema-inspired program Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council.

He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. Stanford has secured over $5 million in funding for El Sistema-inspired programs that he has implemented. These programs have impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Philadelphia.

Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed with major orchestras around the world while actively performing chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.
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