Tom Lempner headshot

Lecturer in Saxophone
M.M., Kent State University

Tom Lempner

Tom Lempner headshotLecturer in Saxophone

M.M., Kent State University
B.M. in Music Therapy and Music Performance, Baldwin Wallace University
Diploma, Armed Forces School of Music 


Apart from serving on faculty at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Tom Lempner is also on faculty at Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, and is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of a Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies. He has previously held positions at Western Reserve Academy, Lorain County Community College and Kent State University (Burton Campus).

The saxophonist has premiered solo and chamber works of local composers Nicholas Underhill, Geoffrey Peterson, Thomas Janson, John HC Thompson, Michael Leese, Kurtis Jeffers, and Jeffrey Quick. He is scheduled this year to premiere another work of Geoffrey Peterson titled Homage to Donald Erb for solo baritone saxophone, as he also will be premiering Dr. Greg D’Alessio’s Harley (for saxophone quartet) and Buck McDaniel’s Labyrinth (for saxophone quartet) at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. He has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, Parousia Digital, and for Ludwig Masters Publications. His performances include live broadcasts on WCLV Classical 104.9, 90.3 WCPN, WRUW-FM 91.1, WJW FOX 8 News In the Morning, as he also has been featured on Ideastream, Cleveland Ovations, The Hazel Chapman Show, and Positively Cleveland. Tom performs locally as a member of Cleveland Winds, Ekklésia Ensemble, Canton Comic Opera Company, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Powerhouse 5, Noel Quintana’s Latin Crew, Transportation Boulevard Jazz Quintet, Trepanning Trio,Sarata & Lempner Duo, NEO Dixie, Pen & Axe, OutLab, Hexapod, and Freedom Jazz Collective.

As a Music Therapist, he has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and has over ten years experience working with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. In addition to crisis intervention, re-education and sanctuary therapeutic models, he is also trained in applied behavioral analysis from the Cleveland Clinic and completed the Child Trauma Academy with Dr. Bruce Perry. Tom has been selected by Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach for three consecutive years to facilitate grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.

Tom earned a Master of Music at Kent State University, graduating summa cum laude. At Kent State, he was awarded the Walter Watson Jazz Award, Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival (2004, 2005), and Winner of the Graduate Student Soloists Competition. He also earned a double bachelor's degree in music therapy and music performance at the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music and a diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. His teachers include Shawn Colvenbach, Paul Cohen, Rich Shanklin, Steve Mohacey, Greg Banaszak and Chas Baker.

Tom is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces with various awards and decorations. He is an endorsing artist for Air Revelation and is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.