Karin Thompson grew up in the Northwest and obtained her bachelor of music degree from Walla Walla College in 1991. She went on to finish a master of music degree in cello performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1993. While an undergraduate and graduate student, she attended summer programs at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, the Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, Ohio. Her principal teachers include Christopher von Baeyer, Stephen Kates, Evelyn Elsing, and Kenneth Slowik.
After finishing her master’s degree at Peabody, she taught English for one year in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a language program sponsored by Walla Walla College. In 2001 she completed a PhD in historical musicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2000-2008, she was on the faculty of Atlantic Union College, in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, where she taught courses in music history and other interdisciplinary humanities topics in the general education curriculum. She also served as chair of the music department and as interim academic dean at Atlantic Union College in 2007 and 2008. On January 1, 2009, she joined the faculty at Walla Walla University, where she is an associate professor of music and chair of the music department.
Last update on August 5, 2009