Dr. Mallory Thompson ConductsJUNE 27, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "Mallory Thompson's first musical memory is singing with her older sister when she was maybe 3 years old," writes  William Hageman in his recent article in the Chicago Tribune about Northwestern University's director of bands

The article features excerpts of an interview with Thompson after she rehearsed Northwestern's acclaimed Symphonic Wind Ensemble for the university's commencement exercises.

Hageman noted Thompson's frequent smiles during that rehearsal, to which she said "I love it. I love them." Later, she describes her Northwestern colleagues and students as a "massive community of great people and accomplished musicians."

The Tribune also notes Thompson's work as artistic director of the Northshore Concert Band as well as the frequent invitations she receives to conduct premiere U.S. military bands, which she described as "quite an honor" for a civilian.

Cuts to school music programs, Thompson's own listening habits, and a bit of background about the work that goes into conducting were also discussed.

A bit of Thompson's personal philosophy is also showcased.

"Nothing is better than what's right in front of you," she says, "Nothing is funnier than real life. Also, it's good to remember to be grateful for things...I try to never be in too big a hurry."

—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

Photo by Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

Mallory Thompson conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble FEBRUARY 22, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Northwestern University will present its "last concert of the quarter tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall," says graduate conducting assistant David Regner (GMu13).

Dr. Mallory Thompson directs the university's premiere wind ensemble, which will feature pianist Rachael Kerr in their second work on the program, Oiseaux exotiqes, by Olivier Messiaen. Kerr is working toward her doctoral degree in piano performance and collaborative arts in the Bienen School of Music.

Millenium Park in ChicagoMAY 9, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL.— A Memorial Day weekend band concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park will feature the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Mallory Thompson, live commentary by 98.7 WFMT-FM and University of Michigan Marching Band announcer Carl Grapentine, and guest trumpet soloist Colin Oldberg. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29 program marks the 6th year of Northwestern ensemble performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, at 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

February 23, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a live webcast of their performance at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 25.

The webcast may be viewed at pickstaiger.org/webcasts, where the live video stream will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to the performance (7:20 p.m. CST).

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mallory Thompson, will perform the Overture of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”; “Sleep,” Eric Whitacre’s work inspired by poet Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”; “Sweelinck Variations,” David Noon’s work based on themes by early Baroque Era Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; and David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4, a modern-day “ode to joy.”

Composer John CoriglianoApril 27, 2010 — EVANSTON, Ill. — A master class, a spring opera and four concerts — including one at Chicago's Millennium Park on Memorial Day weekend — will spotlight the works of multiple award-winning composer John Corigliano. The events are all part of the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's festival saluting the composer.

The John Corigliano Festival runs from May 12 to May 30 and includes performances by the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Chorale, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Bienen School students and guest artists.