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, 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. He has previously held positions at Western Reserve Academy, Lorain County Community College, and Kent State University (Burton Campus). He is a full-time music therapist for Positive Education Program and works at both PEP Phoenix and Hopewell Day Treatment Center.
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, Outlab, and the Freedom Jazz Collective.
Tom is blessed with a wife and three children and is a member of Grace Church of Mentor.