Minnesota Public Radio Welcomes Isaac Thompson to Board of Trustees

May 15, 2023

ST. PAUL, May 15, 2023 – Minnesota Public Radio has elected Isaac Thompson as the newest member of its Board of Trustees. Thompson currently serves as Managing Director at New York Philharmonic.  

Thompson is an artistic leader in the field, transforming orchestras and arts organizations into bold institutions that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally. At the New York Philharmonic, he held the Vice President of Artistic Planning role where he had overseen artistic planning, operations, education and archives. Thompson has also been integral in commissioning new works, expanding the New York Philharmonic's multidisciplinary offerings and planning community-focused initiatives.  

"I am thrilled to welcome Isaac Thompson to our Board of Trustees," said Jean Taylor, CEO of MPR and American Public Media Group. "Isaac brings incredible experience and passion for the cultural arts, delighting audiences and engaging with the community. These skills will be invaluable in our board’s work ensuring the continuation and sustainability of our informational and inspiring programming. I look forward to working with Isaac as we pursue our mission of creating the future of public media." 
Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Thompson served as director of Artistic Administration for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati May Festival. He also served as vice president of Artistic Planning for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the artistic team of Music@Menlo, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier chamber music festival. 

"Growing up in the Twin Cities, MPR played an important role in fostering my love of classical music," Thompson said. "The impact that MPR has through its extraordinary programming is deeply inspiring, and I look forward to contributing to the organization's forward-thinking and ever-expanding vision." 

Thompson is a violinist and has performed prolifically, appearing at such festivals as Aspen, Round Top, Great Mountains (South Korea), Opera and Music Theater of Lucca (Italy), Chautauqua and Northern Lights Chamber Music Festival. He studied music at the University of Cincinnati and received his Master of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.  

For more information about MPR and its board of trustees, visit www.mpr.org.   


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Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR®) operates a 46-station radio network serving almost all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states for more than 50 years. MPR reaches nearly 1 million weekly listeners. MPR and its three regional services—MPR News, YourClassical MPR and The Current®—produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. Programs produced by MPR’s national programming division, American Public Media® (APM), reaches over 17 million listeners with nearly 1,000 public radio stations and over 400 commercial stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world.