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 the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Tom Lempner is also on faculty at Cleveland State University and Notre Dame College. He is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies and is a teaching artist for Cleveland International Piano Competition ArtsConnect at Gilmour Academy.

As a music therapist, he has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and has over ten years of experience working with urban youth in 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. Lempner has been selected by Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach for a third year to facilitate grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.

The saxophonist has premiered solo and chamber works of local composers Nicholas Underhill, Geoffrey Peterson, Thomas Janson, John H. C. Thompson, Andrew Rindfleisch, Michael Leese, Kurtis Jeffers and Jeffrey Quick. He is scheduled to premiere another work of Geoffrey Peterson titled "Homage to Donald Erb" for solo baritone saxophone. He also premiered 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.

Lempner has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, Parousia Digital, for Ludwig Masters Publications and with Noel Quintana's Latin Crew. His performances include live broadcasts on WCLV Classical 104.9, 90.3 WCPN, WRUW-FM 91.1 and WJW FOX 8 News in the Morning. He also has been featured on Ideastream, Cleveland Ovations, The Hazel Chapman Show and Positively Cleveland. He performs locally as a member of Cleveland Winds, Akron Symphonic Winds, Ekklésia Ensemble, Canton Comic Opera Company, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Powerhouse 5, Trepanning Trio, Sarata & Lempner Duo, NEO Dixie, Dan Smith & Deep Cleveland Trio, Pen & Axe, OutLab, Hexapod and Freedom Jazz Collective. Additionally, he hosts the experimental project Inquiries Into Sound.

While earning his Master of Music degree at Kent State University, Lempner received the Walter Watson Jazz Award and Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival as well as winning the Graduate Student Soloists Competition. He is a U.S. Army veteran with various awards and decorations.

Lempner is also a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist and an endorsing artist for Air Revelation.