Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the CEO for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world.
For El Sistema inspired programs he has implemented, Stanford has secured over $4 million in funding which has impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Philadelphia. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed and soloed with major orchestras around the world while actively performing chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.