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Faculty

Dr. Sandra Thompson

Professor of Music and Undergraduate Coordinator

Dr. Sandra Thompson is  professor of music and undergraduate coordinator in the School of Music at UCO.  Dr. Thompson has been a member of the UCO faculty since 1989. Dr. Thompson completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Thompson is currently the Artistic Director of the Ambassadors’ Concert Choir, a community choir of 80+ voices in the Greater Oklahoma City area.  She was a member of the choir for several years prior to becoming an assistant to the Artistic Director/Founder, the late Dr. Kenneth E. Kilgore.  The choir has been recognized internationally having performed with the renowned Mineria Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and with opera greats, Leona Mitchell and Simon Estes.  The choir has also performed with gospel legend, Richard Smallwood.

Dr. Thompson has collaborated with many Oklahoma City music theater directors including: current director of UCO’s Music Theater and producer of Broadway Tonight Dr. Greg White, UCO’s Billie Thrash, Shannon Hurleigh, Benton Jones, the late Carveth Osterhaus and Tamara Long. Some of her most memorable productions include ""The Man of LaMancha,"" ""Into the Woods,"" ""Company,"" ""Side Show,"" ""High Society"", ""Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"" with Broadway director Dennis Courtney and the world premiere of “Flipside: the Patti Page Story” conceived, written and directed by Dr. Greg White. Dr. Thompson was awarded the Kennedy Center Commendation for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Direction for her work on ""Flipside: The Patti Page Story"".

In fall 2002, Dr. Thompson was the music director for UCO Broadway Tonight's production of ""Hello, Dolly!"" which starred Carole Cook in the title role. She has been the pianist for many Lyric Theater seasons and is remembered as Hattie in Lyric's production of ""Kiss Me Kate"" and as Addaperle in their production of ""The Wiz.""

Active as an adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Thompson recently conducted the Oklahoma City Public Schools Elementary Honor Choir and was the guest conductor for the Oklahoma City Public Schools All-City Middle School Honor Choir three times. She has adjudicated many OSSAA contests for both Junior High/Middle School and High School competitions.

Her teaching duties at UCO include freshman theory and aural skills, and Music Appreciation. In her tenure at UCO, Dr. Thompson has been responsible for preparing the chorus for UCO's opera production of ""Porgy and Bess,"" and she was the conductor for George Bizet's ""Carmen: A Concert Version "" and ""Hansel and Gretel.""

Dr. Thompson is pianist and assistant director of music at the Evangelistic Baptist Church; a member of the Board of Directors of both the Ambassador's Concert Choir and Allied Arts organization; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and the American Choral Director's Association.

When do you remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?
I wanted to be a choir director as long as I can remember.  My piano teacher/school choir director was the most talented man I knew at the time, and I wanted to accomplish what he had accomplished.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The opportunity to work with students of varying backgrounds and abilities.  The opportunity to encourage each student to be the "best you you can be"!

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic/creative process?
To watch the faces of the students as they create the story, the song, the production you've worked on for weeks and to see the culmination of the work presented to a receptive audience.

What was the first performing arts event that you remember seeing and what do you remember most about it?
Lyric Theatre - The energy of the performers and their ability to tell a story in song.


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(405) 974-5172

sthompson@uco.edu

www.ambassadorschoir.com

Bachelor of Music
Oklahoma City University

MM, Music Education
University of Central Oklahoma                                                                                                                                   

DMA, Choral Conducting
University of Oklahoma

HONORS AND AWARDS
Vanderford Teaching Award
Educators Leadership Fellow
Outstanding Professor Academy

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE/SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY
Artistic Director of the Ambassadors' Concert Choir
Guest Conductor of the UCO Symphony Orchestra
Musical Director of the many UCO Musical Theatre Productions; most recently Side Show, ""Jerry's Girls"", ""No, No Nanette""
Musical Director of Broadway Tonight's ""Flipside: The Patti Page Story"", ""Rising Starr: Kay Starr, A Life in Song""

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP
American Choral Directors Association
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Fraternity
Sigma Alpha Iota
Ambassadors' Concert Choir