Jason Thompson

Associate Professor of Strings and Orchestra

Jason Thompson headshot

D.M.; M.M.




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 Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Thompson conducts the IWU Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble, and Opera. He teaches violin and viola lessons, music history, and symphonic literature. Dr. Thompson is the assistant conductor and concertmaster of the Marion Philharmonic, and directs The 17th-Century Praise Band at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN. He lives in Marion with his wife and two sons.


  • Orchestra 
  • Applied Violin and Viola 
  • Music History 
  • Early Music Ensemble


  • Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra 
  • Music Director of The 17th-Century Praise Band, Redeemer Lutheran Church 
  • Has conducted 
    • Opera Maya Festival Orchestra, Mexico 
    • Symphony of the Lakes, Winona Lake, IN 
    • Guilford Town Band, CT 
    • Fort Wayne Philharmonic (cover conductor) 
  • Other responsibilities include 
    • Board member of Lutheranism and the Classics 
    • Artistic Advisory Committee of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra 
    • Guest lecturer and writer in the area of Early Lutheran Church Music 


Dr. Thompson is actively involved in the research of historical performance practice in music. He performs on the Baroque violin with several ensembles in the area. He is also a scholar of musical and liturgical practices of the early Lutheran church.


  • D.M. - Early Music Ensemble Direction
    2014, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
    Music History and Choral Conducting
  • M.M. - Orchestral Conducting
    2005, Bowling Green State University
  • B.S. - Violin Performance and Conducting 
    2003, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music 
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953