Peter Stafford Wilson
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Peter Stafford Wilson

Now in his seventeenth season as Music Director of Ohio’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra, PETER STAFFORD WILSON is one of the most exciting and talked about conductors of his generation. Concurrently, he holds the post of Music Director of the Westerville Symphony. He also fulfills his seventh season as Principal Conductor of Tulsa Ballet, leading four productions, including the annual holiday performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with choreography by Artistic Director Marcello Angelini. Mr. Wilson makes his debut with the Pennsylvania Ballet, leading nine performances of Artistic Director Angel Corella’s restaging of Adam’s Giselle.

Peter Stafford Wilson’s leadership of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra continues to elicit praise from the public, musicians and press. Its 2005 Agriculture and the Arts Growing Together brought international attention to the organization, as did the sequel, American Made: Celebrating Our Manufacturing Heritage, which premiered in November 2007. The orchestra’s innovative series, “Night Lights,” has enjoyed steadily increasing sales and attendance. The recent endowment of the Music Director chair with gifts totaling one million dollars is further testimony to the community’s expanding support. Mr. Wilson and the SSO are the recipients of a 2009-2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

From 1990 to 2018, Peter Stafford Wilson held the posts of Assistant and Associate Conductor of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra. At the conclusion of his tenure, he was honored with the CSO’s “George Hardesty Award for Leadership.” While in Columbus, his duties included the leadership of the orchestra’s nationally recognized educational projects, which have been featured at national conferences of the American Symphony Orchestra League and Music Educators National Conference. He led programs on all of the orchestra’s classical and Pops subscription series, and played a major role in its 1997 Viva Vienna Festival. Subsequently, he was named Artistic Director of the orchestra’s Festival Weeks @ The Southern, for which his innovative programming was consistently praised. He is the recipient of a 2010 Columbus Symphony Orchestra Music Education Award, given in recognition of his 20 years of dedication to the orchestra’s educational programming, as well as a 2017 Columbus City Schools’ Outstanding Leadership Award and a Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership Educator Award. Mr. Wilson also served as Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, which he regularly led in local and regional concerts. The CSYO has performed at the national conferences of the ASOL and MENC and at the 1998 International Youth Orchestra Festival in Banff, Alberta. In the summer of 1999, he and the CSYO toured Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. During the summer of 2005, Mr. Wilson led the CSYO on a highly acclaimed tour of The People’s Republic of China, playing to capacity audiences in Beijing, Hefei, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as in an historic performance atop the Great Wall of China. He also conducted the CSYO in two programs at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, most recently in 2018.

A native of North Carolina, Peter Stafford Wilson studied at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where his primary mentor was the late Thomas Schippers. During his years at CCM, he became a leading exponent of contemporary music, often collaborating with faculty and student composers, including the Conservatory’s Visiting Professor of Composition, Lukas Foss. Mr. Wilson also studied at the Aspen Music School, where he studied with Dennis Russell Davies, Eastern Music Festival (on whose faculty he subsequently served), Pierre Monteux School, Boris Goldovsky Summer Opera Institute and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he was associated with Franco Ferrara. After his advanced studies, he was appointed Assistant, and later Associate, Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra appointed him Regional Pops Conductor for the 1995 summer season, during which he led the orchestra in a series of widely acclaimed performances in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Mr. Wilson also enjoyed a multi-year artistic relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra, often serving as cover conductor for Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center events. In 1996, the American Symphony Orchestra League featured him in its Conductor Preview event, a program that encourages emerging conducting talents in the United States.

Peter Stafford Wilson has guest conducted the orchestras of Bozeman, Charlotte, Chautauqua, Dallas, Detroit, Erie, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, North Carolina, Phoenix, Roanoke, Seattle, Syracuse, Tucson, Tulsa, West Virginia, Wheeling and Youngstown. He also led the Independence Day Concert with Peter Nero’s Philly Pops Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s highly popular “Awesome Classics” series, as well as programs with Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. No stranger to the lyric theater, Mr. Wilson has held the positions of Principal Conductor of South Carolina’s Opera Charleston and Music Director of the Ohio Light Opera and conducted performances at Spoleto Festival USA, Young Artists Opera Theater, College Light Opera, Canton Lyric Opera and Otterbein College Opera Theatre. He also enjoys an on-going association with BalletMet in Columbus.

Peter Stafford Wilson and his wife, Barbara Karam Wilson, reside in Westerville, Ohio.  When not conducting, he enjoys traveling, golf and reading. He is also a wine enthusiast and an avid gourmet cook.

www.peterstaffordwilson.com

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Peter Stafford Wilson, gave a robust performance of the Tchaikovsky score [The Nutcracker], full of drama, character and color, and which earned them an ovation that rivaled the one given to the dancers.

TULSA WORLD

Symphony, soloists dazzle with Mozart [headline]
Mozart - and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra - were in superb form for this year's Mozart Festival. Each phrase had direction, each section offered energy and drive. This was a polished reading that could be used as a model for near-perfection in Mozartean performance. Central Ohio lovers of Mozart are fortunate, indeed.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The Taming of the Shrew by Tulsa Ballet [headline]
Peter Stafford Wilson conducted the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, which played this score assembled from the music of Scarlatti with great energy, expressiveness and a richly layered sound, one in which the listener would hear all of the individual elements coming together to create the musical whole. From the first note of the overture, this was one of the orchestra’s most satisfying ballet performances–music worthy of the gorgeously difficult and extremely funny dancing being done on stage.

TULSA WORLD

Cherish the Ladies' collaboration with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra was a successful one, thanks to the vigor and skill of the ensemble, as well as the energy imparted by guest conductor Peter Stafford Wilson.

THE POST-STANDARD

This weekend's Columbus Symphony Orchestra concerts demonstrate why orchestras have assistant conductors. Last night's performance demonstrated why the CSO is fortunate to have a good one. Happily, Peter Stafford Wilson looked anything but the last-minute replacement . It was immediately clear that he was prepared, and prepared to make good music, which is just what happened.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Joined by 84 members of the Springfield Symphony Chorale and four vocal soloists, a spectacular, well-balanced performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in D minor ensued. Maestro Wilson displayed exceptional leadership as he pulled every ounce of musicianship from the combined ensembles. This evening proved once again that community spirit can indeed result in great musical collaboration. Bravo Springfield!

SPRINGFIELD NEWS-SUN

Strong details bring Nutcracker to life [headline]
The Columbus Symphony is back, under the experienced leadership of conductor Peter Stafford Wilson. Thank goodness. This ballet was considered as a partnership between music and dance, and that’s what it was. Tempos seemed well-thought-out in each scene, and contrasting dynamics and spotlighted solos helped bring Tchaikovsky’s fabled score to life.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Tulsa Ballet’s Dracula soars [headline]
The Company has brought back Ben Stevenson’s Dracula back to life for the Halloween season, and the production is as ghoulishly entertaining as ever. Peter Stafford Wilson, in his first appearance as the ballet’s principal conductor, led the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in an appropriately fervid performance of the score, arranged from music by Franz Liszt by John Lanchbery.

TULSA WORLD

Acrobats twist, symphony soars in thrilling ‘Cirque se la Symphonie’ show [deadline]
Under the crisp, confident baton of Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, the symphony opened in expected fashion with an uptempo performance of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture; the piece established an appropriately mirthful, circus-like mood. Surprisingly, the cirque artists never blotted out the symphony’s playing, but only enhanced it. Throughout, Wilson–clearly having a ball–conducted with the verve of a circus master of ceremonies.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Romeo & Juliet: There’s a lot to love in pairing of BalletMet, symphony [headline]
BalletMet’s Romeo & Juliet has its share of memorable sights. Yet what makes the difference in this first-class show is not what is seen but what is heard. Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson was in full command of the music; the symphony played with abandon and produced mellifluous melodies. It was the symphony’s participation that added to the show’s luster. Wilson was especially attuned to the danse macabre quality of the ballet, summoning a stunning, lament-like wall of sound during the death of Tybalt. The scene closed Act II and prompted an audible buzz in the audience as the curtain dropped. Let us hope this is the beginning of more frequent musical partnerships between the ballet and symphony–like Romeo and Juliet themselves, they just belong together.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Don Quixote by Tulsa Ballet [headline]
The company as a whole was in excellent form throughout the evening, with fine ensemble work. The Tulsa Symphony, under Peter Stafford Wilson’s deft direction, gave a robust performance of the Ludwig Minkus score, full of color and excitement that seemed to galvanize the dancers.

TULSA WORLD

7/13/2018 (8pm)

SHENZHEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (China)

Shenzhen Concert Hall

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
soloist: Yang Tianwa, violinist
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (suite)

9/15/2018 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

Brahms: Symphony #3
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5
soloist: Christopher Durrenberger

9/28/2018 (8pm)

WESTERVILLE SYMPHONY (OH)

Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du soldat

9/29/2018 (1pm)

WESTERVILLE SYMPHONY (OH)

Columbus Museum of Art

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du soldat

9/30/2018 (3pm)

WESTERVILLE SYMPHONY (OH)

Short North Stage (Columbus)

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du soldat

10/6/2018 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

“Disney in Concert”

10/14/2018 (5pm)

WESTERVILLE SYMPHONY (OH)

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, Otterbein University

Grieg: Lyric Pieces (March of the Trolls)
Halvorsen: Entry March of the Boyars
Nielsen: Flute Concerto
soloist: Kim Goodman
Sibelius: Symphony #5

10/26/2018 (8pm)
10/27/2018 (8pm)
10/28/2018 (3pm)

TULSA BALLET

Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Ben Stevenson’s Dracula
with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

11/10/2018 (7pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

“Gospel Meets Symphony”

11/24/2018 (2&8pm)
11/25/2016 (2pm)

BALLETMET COLUMBUS

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

Gerard Charles’ The Nutcracker
with Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra

12/2/2018 (3pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

“Holiday Pops”
with Springfield Youth Symphony
Springfield Symphony Children’s Choir
Gary Geis Dance Company

12/8/2018 (7pm)
12/9/2018 (2pm)
12/14/2018 (7pm)
12/15/2018 (2pm)
12/16/2018 (2pm)
12/21/2018 (7pm)
12/22/2018 (2pm)
12/23/2018 (2pm)

TULSA BALLET

Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Marcello Angelini’s The Nutcracker
with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

1/12/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

Rossini: Semiramide (overture)
Liebermann: Cello Concerto
soloist: Julian Schwarz
Bizet: Symphony in C

2/22/2019 (8pm)
2/23/2019 (8pm)
2/24/2019 (3pm)

TULSA BALLET

Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Marcello Angelini’s Sleeping Beauty
with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

3/7/2019 (7:30pm)
3/8/2019 (7:30pm)
3/9/2019 (2&8pm)
3/10/2019 (2pm)
3/15/2019 (7:30pm)
3/16/2019 (2&8pm)
3/17/2019 (2pm)

PENNSYLVANIA BALLET

Academy of Music (Philadelphia)

Adam: Giselle

3/17/2019 (8pm)

WESTERVILLE SYMPHONY (OH)

Riley Auditorium, Otterbein University

Shostakovich: The New Babylon

3/29/2019 (8pm)
3/30/2019 (8pm)
3/31/2018 (3pm)

TULSA BALLET

Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Ma Cong’s Tchaikovsky
with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

4/6/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORALE (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2
soloist: Nikita Mndoyants
Dvorák: Symphony #8

4/27/2019 (7:30pm)

THE OHIO VALLEY SYMPHONY (Gallipolis, OH)

Haskins Theatre, Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre

Pops: “Big Bass”
with Frank Proto, bassist
Tim Berens, guitarist

5/5/2019 (5pm)

WESTERVILLE SYMPHONY (OH)

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, Otterbein University

Márquez: Danzón #2
Ponce: Concierto del Sur
soloist: Karl Wohlwend, guitarist
Copland: El salón México
Chávez: Symphony #1
Moncayo: Huapango

5/18/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORALE (OH)

Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Community College PAC

J.S. Bach: Brandenberg Concerto #5
Beethoven: Symphony #9
soloists:

Side by Side with the CSO
Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH)
April, 2014

Holst: “Jupiter” from The Planets
Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH)
November, 2012

Peter Stafford Wilson video profile
Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH)
November, 2013

Peter Stafford Wilson 25th Anniversary video

Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH)
June, 2015

Peter Stafford Wilson video profile

WOSU Public Media
December, 2017