An Atlanta native, trumpeter Stanford Thompson is Executive Director of Play On Philly, an El Sistema-inspired program in Philadelphia. He is a member of the first class of Abreu Fellows at the New England Conservatory. Growing up Stanford studied trumpet with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Georgia State University. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C, and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. He also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has led residencies with his brass quintet, Philos Brass, and performed extensively with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Stanford serves as the founding Director of Operations for the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, Artistic Director of the Reading (PA) Summer Music Institute and the Philadelphia All-City Brass Symposium, and Program Director of the Meru (KENYA) Music Project.