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Position: Professor of Music - Choral/Conducting/Education
Campus Phone: 865.471.3422
Campus Box: 71909
Personal Website: http://www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org/?id=10&mp=5
Dr. Eric Thorson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carson-Newman University, where he conducts A Cappella Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Oratorio Chorus. In 2003, Thorson was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest award given to faculty at Carson-Newman. A native of Iowa, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista College and both his Master of Music and Doctor of Education degrees from Arizona State University. Dr. Thorson’s professional music education career spans more than two decades and includes teaching at the elementary, secondary, college, and university levels.
In addition to his choirs at Carson-Newman, Dr. Thorson also directs the Knoxville Choral Society. His choirs have given honor performances at divisional conventions and have toured both nationally and internationally, performing with orchestras in Atlanta, Phoenix, New Orleans, and Knoxville. In the summer of 2002, the Knoxville Choral Society appeared with orchestras in Prague, Czech Republic; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and Cottbus, Germany. His Carson-Newman singers also toured Brazil, and A Cappella Choir and the Knoxville Choral Society, under his direction, were invited to perform in Israel and Jordan as part of a peace initiative between the Israeli and Palestinian governments. Concerts were held in Amman, Jerusalem, and Nazareth, and the tour culiminated with a concert in Manger Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve 2007.
Dr. Thorson has prepared choirs for such notable conductors as Eduardo Mata, Douglas McEwen, Robert Page, John Rutter, Gregg Smith, Noel Tredinnick, and, in Knoxville, Kirk Trevor and Lucas Richman. He has participated in divisional conventions, served on the advisory board of the American Choral Directors Association, and produced five professional recordings with his choruses. He has served as president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and is a member of the advisory board for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.
Also an active church musician, Dr. Thorson is the current minister of music at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, having served there since April 1995