John Thomas Dodson is a musician and mindfulness teacher. He has developed an enduring interest in the teachings of mindfulness, intuitive awareness and skillful means as ways to navigate through the challenges of the modern world. His interest in Buddhism has encompassed both academic study and practice experience. Dodson was selected to study Buddhist Traditions in the Himalayas through a program led by faculty from Harvard and Holy Cross universities and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was further grounded in the tradition by a life-long student of Tibetan Buddhist master, Trungpa Rinpoche, and has participated in numerous silent retreats focused on Vipassana meditation as taught by the Burmese-Indian teacher Satya Narayan Goenka. Dodson has led mindfulness sessions at colleges and conservatories in the US and abroad including Oberlin College-Conservatory, Washington College and the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic.
John Thomas Dodson is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Cleveland Women's Orchestra, Music Director of the Lexington Bach Festival and Artistic Director of Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. His career includes over thirty years as an orchestral conductor and teaching on colleges and university faculties. He has conducted concerts in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, Athens' Megaron Concert Hall and Budapest's Hungarian State Opera House. Dodson studied conducting at Peabody Conservatory of Music and has degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Tennessee Technological University. He received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Siena Heights University in 2016.