Music Department

Tom Lempner

Applied Faculty – Saxophone
Music and Communication Building, Room 421

Tom Lempner earned a Masters of Music degree at Kent State University (Summa Cum Laude) where he was awarded the Walter Watson Jazz Award, winner of the Graduate Student Soloists Competition, and Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival (2004, 2005). He also earned 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 in Little Creek, Virginia. His teachers include Shawn Colvenbach, Rich Shanklin, Paul Cohen, Steve Mohacey, Greg Banaszak, and Chas Baker.

In addition to Cleveland State University, Tom also serves on the music faculty at Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music.  He has previously held positions at Western Reserve Academy, Lorain County Community College, and Kent State University (Burton Campus). He is a full-time music therapist for Positive Education Program and works at both PEP Phoenix and Hopewell Day Treatment Center. 

The saxophonist has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, and Parousia Digital. Tom performs locally with Cleveland Winds, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, Night Owls, Noel Quintana’s The Latin Crew, Transportation Boulevard, Trepanning Trio ensemble, Sarata & Lempner Duo, NEO Dixie, Dan Zola Orchestra, Outlab, and the Freedom Jazz Collective.

Tom is blessed with a wife and three children and is a member of Grace Church of Mentor.