Trina ThompsonTitle: Chair, Department of Music
Associate Professor of Theory and Piano
Office Location: Hamel Hall 207A
Phone: (269) 471-3556
B. A., Walla Walla College; M. Mus., Northern Illinois University; PhD candidate, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Trina Thompson is the Chair of the Department of Music. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory. While in residence at IU, she was awarded Indiana University's Chancellor's Fellowship and the IU Music Theory Department's Dissertation-Year Fellowship. Thompson received a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University under the guidance of Donald Walker. She earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Humanities, and Spanish from Walla Walla University, where she studied piano with Debra Bakland. Most recently, Thompson taught written and aural theory on both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She was previously a member of the music faculty at Walla Walla University, where she taught theory and piano, directed the Piano Preparatory Division, and served as interim departmental chair. Thompson is the editor of two double issues of the Indiana Theory Review, one on general topics in music theory, and one on the interaction of text and music. Her doctoral dissertation, directed by Robert Hatten, focuses on the art songs of Debussy.