Peter Stafford Wilson


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Peter Stafford Wilson returns to Tulsa for his third season as Tulsa Ballet’s Principal Conductor, where he will lead performances Carmina Burana/Bolero, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Three Musketeers.

A native of North Carolina, Peter studied at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where his primary mentor was the late Thomas Schippers. 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, during which he led the orchestra in a series of widely acclaimed performances in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The American Symphony Orchestra League featured him in its Conductor Preview event, a program that encourages emerging conducting talents in the United States. He also maintained a longtime association with The Cleveland Orchestra, where he served as cover conductor for concerts at Severance Hall and the Blossom Music Center. He has recently guest conducted the orchestras of Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Syracuse, Erie, Hong Kong, Montevideo, and has appeared at the Chautauqua Institute.

Peter is now in his twelfth season as Music Director of Ohio’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra where he recently was awarded a League of American Orchestras/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming. He will also continue is commitments with the Westerville Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, and BalletMet Columbus during the coming season. In the small world category, he will conduct the combined season opening for the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, and Ballet Met which will feature, among others, the choreography of Tulsa Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Ma Cong.