Board of Trustees member named TED Fellow

  • Stanford Thompson poses for a photo with Akili Farrow (IAC 15-16) during the July 2016 launch of CREATE AMAZING: The Campaign for Interlochen.

Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus and board of trustees member Stanford Thompson (IAC 00-03, IAC St 05-06, 08) has been selected as a 2017 TED Fellow.

Thompson, a professional trumpeter, music entrepreneur and founder of Play On, Philly!, is one of 15 new members of the TED Fellows program and will speak on the TED stage in Vancouver, Canada in April.

The TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from all nations and disciplines for the purpose of raising awareness of their work and expanding their international impact. The program features participation in TED conferences, professional coaching, mentoring and PR training. Since the program’s founding in 2009, 414 members from 87 nations have been named TED Fellows and participated in TED events worldwide.

Thompson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and began playing trumpet at age 8. He holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program and has performed as a section member and soloist with several professional orchestras. Thompson, who seeks to use music to inspire social change, founded Play On, Philly! in 2010.

Thompson gave his first TED Talk as a TED fellow on April 24, 2017 at the Community Theater in Vancouver, Canada. Learn more here.