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Professional Trumpeter & Founder of Play On Philly inspiring social change and harmony through music.

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Keynote Speaking

Inspiring audiences to appreciate the power of music and orchestras is one of my greatest passions. My experience offers lessons in leadership, innovation, and diversity and inclusion.  I've had the honor of speaking at:

TED2017 (Vancouver, BC) • TEDxTraverseCity • Woodruff Arts Center Educator's Conference • Conductor's Guild Conference • Ravinia Festival Professional Development Institute • Cathedral Arts Project / Any Given Child Jacksonville • Economic Mobility Pathways' Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference • 21CM Symposium • Emerging Arts Leaders Columbus Agents of Change Summit • University of Missouri-Kansas City Musical Bridges • MacPhail Center for Music Anacrusis • Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia Conference • TEDxLMSD • Pennsylvania Conference for Women • Interlochen Center for the Arts Symposium • Science Leadership Academy Commencement • Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia • TED2010 (Long Beach, CA) • TEDxPhilly • TEDxPeachtree • League of American Orchestras Conferences • Youth Orchestras of San Antonio • Drexel University's Arts Administration Program • University of Michigan Arts Leadership Forum • Pennsylvania Music Educators Annual Conference • National Museum of American-Jewish History Freedom Seder • University of Maryland  • Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras • ResearchED Philadelphia • ArtsFund Annual Luncheon • Chorus America Conference 2019

I would be honored to speak on the following topics at your event or meeting:

Innovation in the Workplace

An experiential workshop with business leaders focusing on the creative process of orchestral musicians. Participants will investigate several techniques that professional musicians use to cultivate a sense of innovation in their artistic work. I will help participants train their brains to actively notice and listen for the “core needs” of those around them, from colleagues to community members, ultimately expanding each participant’s capacity to learn, listen, and effectively lead their teams during difficult moments. Through observing and dissecting live performance with this newfound lens, as well as through hands-on activities, participants will begin to understand all of the necessary components that, when put together, make an orchestra -- and any team -- sound and act as a cohesive unit.

Art's Untapped Impact on Vulnerable Youth

For the millions of young people living in poverty throughout the United States, the barriers to getting an education and avoiding high-risk behaviors are almost insurmountable. Exposure to toxic stress and lack of access to both quality early childhood education and out-of-school-time programs, leaves low-income children developmentally behind throughout their childhood. These risk factors perpetuate a number of destructive cycles, including school failure, youth violence, and poverty. I believe that artists are best positioned to solve the most compelling problems facing young people, communities, and our education system. By sharing my own musical experiences, and providing clear, step-by-step accounts of how I developed his current non-profit, Play On, Philly!, I'll leave audiences inspired to reimagine the impact they are capable of creating in their own communities and beyond.

Diversity and Inclusion in America's Orchestras

Little has changed in classical music despite the best intentions of diversity and inclusion initiatives. With respect to diversity, the proportion of Black and Hispanic musicians in professional orchestras moved from just 1.7% and 1.8% to 1.8% and 2.5% over a 12-year period of intentional diversity-related work within the field. The scope of the problem is vast: systemic racism, unconscious bias, and white supremacy generate countless imbalances of equity, equality, and access. These challenges are broad and extend outside, over, and around any single institution or field. Additionally, the current paradigm is ineffective: the funding, crafting, and execution of initiatives takes place without alignment between institutions. I address these issues in a keynote that explains the opportunities and challenges we face to ensure talent of color is prominently included in the future of classical music in America.

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To invite me to speak for your organization, please send me an email at stan@stanfordthompson.com