River Campus Seminary 353
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Mr. Paul Thompson, Instructor of flute. Having previously taught at the London College of Music Junior Department, Colgate University in New York, Murray State University and the Wisconsin Conservatory, Mr. Thompson has held the position of flute instructor at Southeast since 1991.

In addition, he has taught a wide range of Music History courses, Freshman Seminar classes, Jazz Appreciation, Victorian Studies and have conducted the Southeast Symphony.

As a performer, Mr. Thompson has performed at National Flute Association Conventions in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York, as well as at the Saint-Savin International Baroque Festival (France) and on the Great Wall of China.

Mr. Thompson studied with Alain Marion, Robert Goldberg and Rainer Schuelein.

Work hard. Have some fun. Show up to class. Be kind and polite.

Paul Thompson, Instructor

What area do you teach?



G.L.C.M. from the London College of Music

French Government Scholarship recipient for post-graduate studies with Paris Conservatoire flute professor

M.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin College, OH

Baroque Performance Institute, Longy MA

Your Philosophy of Teaching

Always give 100% in every class or lesson and don't be afraid to entertain. Usually what one is teaching involves a narrative of some kind. Convey the story in as vivid, humorous, true and passionate a way as possible.

Why did you decide to teach?

I fell in love with it.

Credentials/Career Path

Previously I taught at:

  • London College of Music Junior Department
  • Lady Eleanor Holles School, London
  • Forest School, London
  • Community School of Music, Ithaca NY
  • Cornell University, NY
  • Colgate University, NY
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • Murray State University, KY

Professional Highlights

  • Performances at National Flute Association Conventions in New York, Dallas, Anaheim, New Orleans etc.
  • Performance on the Great Wall of China with the Southeast Symphony


  • Jane Stephens Honors Program Exempli Gratia Award

Organizations with Which You are Involved

  • National Flute Association
  • Saint Louis Flute Society

Most Recent/Notable Published Works

  • Performance at 2018 National Flute Association Convention, Orlando, FL

Best Advice for Students

Work hard. Have some fun. Show up to class. Be kind and polite.