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UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

Dr. Michael Thrasher

Dr. Michael Thrasher

Title: Director, School of Performing Arts; Professor of Music
Department: School of Performing Arts
Building: FAC 2009
Phone: 903.566.7388


Doctor of Musical Arts (Clarinet)
University of North Texas, 1997
Master of Music (Clarinet)
University of North Texas, 1996
Bachelor of Music Education
Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 1994


MICHAEL THRASHER currently serves as Director of the School of Performing Arts and Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Tyler.  His previous experience includes faculty and administrative positions at North Dakota State University, North Central Texas College, and in public school music teaching.
Dr. Thrasher maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician, appearing in venues throughout the central and western United States.  In the orchestral area, he has performed with numerous symphony and opera orchestras in Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota.  He gave the premiere of Daniel Pinkston’s Clarinet Concerto, and also has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and bands in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Texas, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota.
As a researcher, Dr. Thrasher has presented papers and lectures at conferences of the Texas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and at conventions of the International Clarinet Association in Columbus, Stockholm, Atlanta and Madrid.  He has been a clinician at meetings of the North Dakota Music Educators Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association and Texas Music Educators Association.  Dr. Thrasher’s research has been published in numerous journals, including The Clarinet, Saxophone Symposium, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and NACWPI Journal.  He has also edited a variety of clarinet chamber works for the British firm Rosewood Publications.  He is currently serving as the annual conference program book editor for the International Clarinet Association, and as concert annotator for the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Thrasher continues his active involvement with various professional organizations, including the International Clarinet Association and the National Association of Schools of Music.  He has served as a state chair for both the International Clarinet Association and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.
Thrasher holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern State University, and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas.