Assistant Professor of Music Media Production
Dr. Christoph Nils Thompson is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Recording Engineer and is the area coordinator for Ball State's Music Media Production program. His classical concert music has been played by members of the Chicago Symphony, performed on public radio, and featured at international competitions. His popular music has been released internationally on Def-Jam records.
Creating music that is in touch with audiences and performers alike and intended for the concert hall is his primary focus. His works for solo instruments are frequently premiered and performed by world class performers at the respective national and international venues. His large ensemble music has garnered several awards, and his incidental, on stage drama, and film music has been featured on public radio and television. Dr. Thompson’s stylistic versatility allows him to frequently work as an arranger, composer, sound designer, and producer in the classical, jazz, and pop genre. He often draws upon poetry for inspiration and his Woodwind Quintet based on five poems by Wolfgang Borchert has recently been accepted into the Archive of the National Library of Germany in Hamburg. He is published by Potenza Music.
With over 15 years of industry and engineering experience, Dr. Thompson is an active consultant for mobile applications and games, focusing on sound design and dynamic music architecture. Originally from Germany, he has a background as a jazz/pops pianist, where he was lead keyboardist and musical director for several national acts.
Thompson studied counterpoint with Wolfram Bieber in Würzburg, composition with Charles Rochester Young, and jazz piano with Axel Kemper-Moll. Dr. Thompson holds a doctorate from Ball State University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, where he graduated cum laude. His dissertation was a full-length ballet for orchestra, based on Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea.