Paul W. Thompson Music

Paul W. Thompson's career as a performer, teacher and writer for the theater, church and concert hal 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 over 30 states, in a career spanning more than 45 years. A Chicago resident for almost 35 years, Paul is in his 27

Operating as usual

05/06/2022

The Fine Arts Building has new directional signs in the elevator hallway of each floor. Look who’s at the top of the 4th Floor sign!

04/12/2022

Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way” from “A Star Is Born”, recorded April 12, 2022.

04/09/2022

“Imagine,” by John Lennon. Recorded April 8, 2022.

01/27/2022

It’s not perfect, but I’m going with it. Bette Midler’s THE ROSE.

01/19/2022

“Beautiful City” from GODSPELL (2011), recorded January 18, 2022. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

"Good Thing Going," by Stephen Sondheim, recorded July 25, 2020 by Paul W. Thompson. 11/27/2021

"Good Thing Going," by Stephen Sondheim, recorded July 25, 2020 by Paul W. Thompson.

We’ve lost a giant.

"Good Thing Going," by Stephen Sondheim, recorded July 25, 2020 by Paul W. Thompson. "Good Thing Going," by Stephen Sondheim, recorded July 25, 2020 by Paul W. Thompson. From "Merrily We Roll Along."

10/21/2021

I’m back from New York today, and stopping by the studio to teach two students before heading to church choir practice!

Paul W. Thompson Music updated their information in their About section. 07/16/2021

Paul W. Thompson Music updated their information in their About section.

Paul W. Thompson Music updated their information in their About section.

06/16/2021

“Out There” from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” recorded June 16, 2021. This is one of my most favorite songs, and I tried to do it justice. Can Quasimodo be nearly 60? Let me know….

Paul W. Thompson | Interlochen Center for the Arts 06/09/2021

Paul W. Thompson | Interlochen Center for the Arts

I’m proud to announce that I will be teaching a second year of Musical Theatre online summer camp for the Interlochen Center for the Arts!

Paul W. Thompson | Interlochen Center for the Arts Paul W. Thompson has lived at the intersection of words and music for over a half century. A versatile pedagogue, Thompson teaches musical theatre voice and piano online and in Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building, at the Des Plaines School of Music, and teaches music improv at Chicago's world famo...

Sunday, May 2 – Fifth Sunday of Easter 05/02/2021

Sunday, May 2 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Tune in to livestream me as soloist at the 11:00 service at St. James Cathedral, accompanied by Stephen Buzard and Meg Cutting. Or watch it on YouTube at any time. At age 59, I’m celebrating my 30th anniversary as a professional member of the Cathedral Choir, and these five solos are the most I’ve ever had in one service! We’re performing sections of Leo Sowerby’s “Communion Service in E.”

Sunday, May 2 – Fifth Sunday of Easter Welcome to Church as we celebrate Fifth Sunday of Easter. Wherever you may be tuning in from, we're glad you're spending your Eastertide with St. James. Visi...

04/30/2021

Just taught my first Zoom lesson from the Fine Arts Building studio! Baby steps....

04/23/2021

I’m sitting in Solti Gardens while Precision Piano Services tunes the studio grand. Thanks, Mike Byrley!!

03/10/2021

Daily Vocal Warm-up through the Registers, Chest to Head and Head to Chest, for All Voice Types

These are the warm-up exercises I use with my voice students.

03/01/2021

“Unexpected Song” from SONG AND DANCE, a piano solo recorded on March 1, 2021 by Paul W. Thompson at Paul W. Thompson Music, Chicago, Illinois. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (lyrics by Don Black).

This has always been my “go to” piece whenever I sit down at a keyboard and don’t know what else to play. I needed to get the grand piano going again, in anticipation of a return to in-person teaching!

01/27/2021

You don’t have to sing all the right notes.
But please don’t sing any wrong notes.

Welcome to Paul W. Thompson Music! – Paul W. Thompson Music 10/12/2020

Welcome to Paul W. Thompson Music! – Paul W. Thompson Music

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

Welcome to Paul W. Thompson Music! – 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.

10/11/2020

"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.

09/27/2020

"Bring Him Home" from LES MISERABLES

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

09/19/2020

My website now has a new logo! https://paulwthompson.com/

Paul W. Thompson Music updated their website address. 09/09/2020

Paul W. Thompson Music updated their website address.

Paul W. Thompson Music updated their website address.

09/08/2020

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

The big day has arrived! After owning my domain name for twenty years, I am finally revealing www.paulwthompson.com! I am beyond thrilled. Let me know what you think!

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

Paul W. Thompson Music is underway! 09/03/2020

Paul W. Thompson Music is underway!

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

Paul W. Thompson Music is underway! Chicago-based Teacher, Music Director and Performer

20/21 Season - A Woman's Agency 08/25/2020

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!

20/21 Season - A Woman's Agency Transgressive Opera announces its 2020-2021 STREAMED SEASON TT-O 20/21: A Woman’s Agency Transgressive Opera-Theatre brings its artistry into the digital age, opening the season with their...

"I Only Have Eyes for You," (Harry Warren and Al Dubin) performed by Paul W. Thompson August 8, 2020 08/09/2020

"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," (Harry Warren and Al Dubin) performed by Paul W. Thompson August 8, 2020 "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...

07/29/2020

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.

07/25/2020

"Good Thing Going" by Stephen Sondheim

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

07/18/2020

"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.

07/18/2020

"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.

07/13/2020

"A Cockeyed Optimist" from SOUTH PACIFIC

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

06/20/2020

"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.

06/06/2020

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

06/06/2020

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

06/04/2020

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

06/02/2020

Ready for today’s teaching!

Videos (show all)

Daily Vocal Warm-up through the Registers, Chest to Head and Head to Chest, for All Voice Types
"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

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