• Contact Info

Thornton, Michael Robert Associate Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Michael Thornton's research is primarily focused on orchestral performance. He serves concurrently as Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Colorado Symphony. In addition to these duties, Mr. Thornton performs frequently as Principal Horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, and performs regularly with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Expertise in this area is demonstrated by the consistent success of students at orchestral auditions. Two secondary research areas include the Caruso Method of brass pedagogy, and Optimal Performance Skills and Sports Psychology. Mr. Thornton has worked extensively with the two most noted experts in Caruso Studies, Laurie Frink and Julie Landsman. In addition, Mr. Thornton has become a certified Mental Toughness Trainer, undergoing a rigorous course of study at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida.


  • horn performance and pedagogy, orchestral performance, chamber music performance, solo performance, caruso method of brass pedagogy, study and pedagogy in the field of sports psychology and optimal performance


courses taught


International Activities