Thomas Lempner (saxophone) earned a Masters of Music degree at Kent State University (Summa Cum Laude), a double Bachelors degree in Music Therapy and Music Performance at the Conservatory of Music, Baldwin-Wallace College and a diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music. Thomas currently serves on the music faculty at Cleveland State University and Notre Dame College. He is a Trustee for the Medina County Arts Council.
The saxophonist has performed in Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, and the Dominican Republic. He has premiered solo and chamber works of local composers Auerbach-Brown, Underhill, Peterson, Janson, Thompson, Rindfleisch, Leese, McDaniel, Jeffers, Ballard, Allen, D’Alessio, Quick, Stanziano, and Holter. He is currently working new premieres by Matthew Saunders, Jack Ballard, and Dave Morgan. He has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, Parousia Digital, for Ludwig Masters Publications, with Noel Quintana’s Latin Crew, and with John Dober’s CDL Trio. His performances include live broadcasts on WCLV Classical 104.9, 90.3 WCPN, WRUW-FM 91.1, WCR-FM 97.1, WJW FOX 8 News In the Morning, as he also has been featured on Ideastream, Cleveland Ovations, Innovations on WCLV, The Hazel Chapman Show, and Positively Cleveland. Lempner performs locally as a member of Ekklésia Reed Quintet, Cleveland Winds, Akron Symphonic Winds, Canton Comic Opera Company, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Sarata & Lempner Duo, and Hexapod.
As a music therapist, Thomas has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. Since 2015 he has been chosen by ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach) to facilitate annual grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.
Lempner is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist and is a U.S. Army Veteran with various awards and decorations.