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UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

Dr. Michael Thrasher

Dr. Michael Thrasher

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


Doctor of Musical Arts
University of North Texas
Master of Music
University of North Texas
Bachelor of Music Education
Northwestern State University


MICHAEL THRASHER currently serves as Director of the School of Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Tyler.  Previously, he was on the faculty of North Dakota State University, where he taught clarinet and graduate musicology courses, and served as Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the Department of Music.
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 in 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 and Atlanta.  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.
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.
Professor 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.