Lecturer in Saxophone
M.M. Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University
B.M., Baldwin Wallace University
Diploma, Armed Forces School of Music
Tom Lempner earned a Masters of Music degree at Kent State University (Summa Cum Laude) where he was awarded the Walter Watson Jazz Award, winner of the Graduate Student Soloists Competition, and Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival (2004, 2005). He also earned a double Bachelors degree in Music Therapy and Music Performance at the Conservatory of Music, Baldwin Wallace University and a diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. His teachers include Shawn Colvenbach, Rich Shanklin, Paul Cohen, Steve Mohacey, Greg Banaszak, and Chas Baker.
In addition to Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music, Tom also serves on the music faculty at Cleveland State University and Western Reserve Academy, as he has previously held positions at Lorain County Community College and Kent State University (Burton Campus). He is a full-time music therapist for PEP (Positive Education Program) and works at both its Prentiss Center for Autism and Hopewell Day Treatment Center (SED children).
The saxophonist has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, and Parousia Digital. Tom performs locally with Cleveland Winds, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Noel Quintana’s The Latin Crew, Transportation Boulevard, Trepanning Trio ensemble, Sarata & Lempner Duo, NEO Dixie, Dan Zola Orchestra, and the Freedom Jazz Collective.
Tom is blessed with a wife and three children and is an active member of Southwest Community Baptist Church.