Paul W. Thompson Music

Paul W. Thompson's career as a performer, teacher and writer for the theater, church and concert hall is centered at Paul W. Thompson Music, located in Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building since 2011.

Paul is a professional singer, actor, pianist, musical director, vocal coach, teacher, composer and commentator. With a bachelor's degree in theater, and master's degrees in both music and business, he moves easily between the worlds of classical music, religious music, classic pop and musical theater. He has appeared onstage or in the orchestra pit in concerts, musicals, operettas and operas in 30 states, in a career spanning more than 40 years. A Chicago resident for almost 30 years, Paul is in his 21st season as a member of the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Chorus. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Actors' Equity Association, he is on the music faculty of The Second City Training Center and is one of the musical directors for The Improvised Sondheim Project. He composes music for the church and the theater, and is excited to teach the great songs of Broadway to the next generation of musical theater performers. If you would like to study voice, or purchase or commission new music for your theater or congregation, contact Paul W. Thompson Music right away!

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I’ve been performing before the public on a continuous basis for 53 years. Now, who wants a lesson?

paulwthompson.com I teach musical theater voice, popular vocal styles, music improv, traditional and contemporary piano, and the situations in which these arts overlap. At Paul W.

"Till There Was You" from THE MUSIC MAN, recorded by Paul W. Thompson on October 11, 2020.

"Till There Was You" from THE MUSIC MAN, recorded by Paul W. Thompson on October 11, 2020. Words and music by Meredith Willson.

"Bring Him Home" from LES MISERABLES

"Bring Him Home" from LES MISERABLES, recorded September 26, 2020. Trying out my new Audio-Technica 2020 microphone!

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Paul W. Thompson Music – Chicago-based Teacher, Music Director and Performer

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paulwthompson.com Welcome to Paul W. Thompson Music! I teach musical theater voice, popular vocal styles, music improv, traditional and contemporary piano, and the situations in which these arts overlap. At Paul W. Thompson Music, the study of music (whether for theatrical purposes or not) is student-focused. In this...

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I’m stoked. I’ve owned my website name for twenty years, but have never actually gone live with it. It’s gonna happen! Happen sometime soon! I’m stoked. http://paulwthompson.com

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20/21 Season - A Woman's Agency

I’m an Artistic Associate with Transgressive Theatre-Opera. Look what we have in store dir you: Handel, Guettel and Mozart. Oh my!

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"I Only Have Eyes for You," (Harry Warren and Al Dubin) performed by Paul W. Thompson August 8, 2020

A song I’ve never sung publicly before!

"I Only Have Eyes for You," by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, The Flamingos, and Art Garfunkel, performed by Paul W. Thompson on August 8, 2020. Music by Harry W...

Carol Burnett's "Meantime"

Carol Burnett’s "Meantime," recorded July 28, 2020. It's not perfect, but I'm posting it anyway. Miss Burnett introduced this song in 1962.

"Good Thing Going" by Stephen Sondheim

"Good Thing Going" by Stephen Sondheim, recorded July 25, 2020

"I'm Not That Girl," from "WICKED, recorded July 18, 2020

"I'm Not That Girl," from "WICKED,” played and sung at home on July 18, 2020, by Paul W. Thompson. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

"The Telephone Hour" from "Bye Bye Birdie," by the Interlochen Arts Camp 2020

"The Telephone Hour" from "Bye Bye Birdie," by the Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 High School Musical Theatre Section E.

"A Cockeyed Optimist" from SOUTH PACIFIC

"A Cockeyed Optimist" from SOUTH PACIFIC, recorded for Music-for-Change.org on July 12, 2020.

"Just One Person," from the musical, "SNOOPY"

"Just One Person," from the musical, "SNOOPY," sung by Paul W. Thompson on June 19, 2020. Music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady.

"All The Things You Are," surely one of the world's greatest songs.

"Where or When," from "Babes in Arms," by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Recorded June 5, 2020.

"How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky?)," by Irving Berlin.

Ready for today’s teaching!

"You'll Never Walk Alone." An offering for these troubled times.

"The Twelfth of Never"

My third home audiovisual test, "The Twelfth of Never." Music by Jerry Livingston, lyrics by Paul Frances Webster.

Equipment Test #2, an improvised song called, "My Song."

I sat down for a a test without any material. So, since I teach music improv, I made something up! Cleverly, it’s called, “My Song.”

"Yesterday"

My first public test of my new home audiovisual equipment, "Yesterday," by Lennon and McCartney. Let me know how I sound (and look)!

“Right Here Waiting”

“Right Here Waiting,” by Richard Marx, recorded on my first day back in the studio. I won’t really be right here waiting for you, but then again, maybe I will be.

“Being Alive”

Back at the studio for the first time in two months! A song I’ve never recorded, but which means so much. “Being Alive,” from “Company,” by Stephen Sondheim.

“Twin Soliloquies/Some Enchanted Evening”

A Role I’ll Never Play: Emile DeBecque from “South Pacific” in “Twin Soliloquies/Some Enchanted Evening,” recorded May 10, 2020.

“Man of La Mancha/The Impossible Dream”

A Role I’ll Never Play: Don Quijote/Quijano/Cervantes from “Man of La Mancha” in “Man of La Mancha (Reprise)/The Quest (The Impossible Dream,” recorded May 4, 2020.

“My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before”

A Role I’ll Never Play: Sky Masterson from “Guys and Dolls” in “My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” recorded May 3, 2020.

“Love Like You” from “Steven Universe”

Shelter in Place: “Love Like You,” from “Steven Universe,” by Rebecca Sugar, recorded on May 2, 2020 by Paul W. Thompson

“It’s De-lovely”

Shelter in Place: Cole Porter’s “It’s De-lovely,” from “Red Hot and Blue!,” sung on May 2, 2020 by Paul W. Thompson

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

Shelter in Place: Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” from “Born to Dance,” recorded by Paul W. Thompson May 1, 2020.

“Someone to Fall Back On”

Shelter in Place: “Someone to Fall Back On,” by Jason Robert Brown, from the movie, “Bandslam.” Recorded by Paul W. Thompson at home, April 28, 2020.

“In Whatever Time We Have”

Shelter in Place: “In Whatever Time We Have,” by Stephen Schwartz, from the musical, “Children of Eden.” It seems especially appropriate today. Recorded by Paul W. Thompson April 26, 2020.

“No One Else” from “...The Great Comet”...

Shelter in Place: “No One Else,” from “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” recorded by Paul W. Thompson April 24, 2020. Music and lyrics by Dave Malloy.

“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)”

Shelter in Place: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” from “The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd.” Recorded April 23, 2020.

Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England”

Shelter in Place: “Weekend in New England” (Barry Manilow) by Randy Edelman, recorded April 21, 2020.

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Videos (show all)

"Till There Was You" from THE MUSIC MAN, recorded by Paul W. Thompson on October 11, 2020.
"Bring Him Home" from LES MISERABLES
Carol Burnett's "Meantime"
"Good Thing Going" by Stephen Sondheim
"I'm Not That Girl," from "WICKED, recorded July 18, 2020
"The Telephone Hour" from "Bye Bye Birdie," by the Interlochen Arts Camp 2020
"A Cockeyed Optimist" from SOUTH PACIFIC
"Just One Person," from the musical, "SNOOPY"

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