2023 SWRO Conductor, Peter Stafford Wilson

PETER STAFFORD WILSON Currently, Music Director of the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Westerville Symphony at University, and Principal Conductor of the Tulsa Ballet, Peter Stafford Wilson is much in demand as conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and teacher. Maintaining a serious commitment to young musicians, Wilson served as Artistic Director of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras for 28 years. Under his leadership, the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra appeared at the inaugural Banff International YouthOrchestra Festival in Canada, and two European tours. The CSYO also toured to the Peoples’ Republic of China and subsequently was named Ambassador of the Year by Columbus Sister City, Inc. for this critically acclaimed event. Together, Wilson and the CSYO enjoyed two celebrated appearances at New York’s iconic Carnegie Hall, and recorded under professional conditions, releasing 5 CD’s. During his years with the Columbus Symphony, Wilson also founded the Columbus All-City Orchestra, an ensemble comprised wholly of students from the Columbus City Schools. Wilson has also enjoyed regular visits with the Miami Valley Academy of Music, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory’s Summer Music Clinic for high school musicians, and the Summer Youth Music Camp organized by the Music Office in Hong Kong. Wilson has been Music Director of the Youth Orchestras of Canton (OH) and Greensboro (NC), and was Music Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Kent Sinfonia at Kent State University. He also served as an interim orchestra conductor at Cedarville University where he appears regularly at the University’s Masterworks event. Wilson also has worked with young singers at the Greensboro Young Artists Opera Theater and conducting numerous productions at Otterbein University’s opera department. Educated at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and later at the L’Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Wilson’s further studies took him to the Aspen Music School, the Pierre Monteux Domain School for Conductors, Boris Goldovsky’s Summer Opera Institute, and the Eastern Music Festival where he later returned to hold several faculty positions. He has also studied with Thomas Schippers, Louis Lane, Dennis Russell Davies, Richard Lert, and Gerhard Samuel. In 2018, the Greater Columbus Arts Council tapped Wilson for it’s Educator of the Year award. In 2017, the Columbus City Schools honored his outstanding service, and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Music Educator of the Year award by the Columbus Symphony for his ongoing service to music Education.



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Katie Harford
OMEA SW Region Chair
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