The Music Director

Peter Stafford Wilson

  • Born: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Studies: Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Interests: Avid golfer, gourmet cook and wine enthusiast

Guest Appearances

  • Seattle Symphony
  • Indianapolis Symphony
  • Louisville Orchestra
  • Detroit Symphony
  • Orchestras of Phoenix, Dallas, Charlotte, North Carolina, Syracuse, Erie, and Chautauqua
  • Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo (South America)
  • Conductor Reading Project, New York Philharmonic (2002)

2014-2015 marks Peter Stafford Wilson’s 23rd season as Music Director of the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University. A Westerville resident, Maestro Wilson leads the Orchestra’s three Ron Lykins Masterworks series concerts in addition to the ever popular Independence Day Concert, the Orchestra’s Christmas Holiday offering, the Sounds of the Summer celebration, and the Orchestra’s annual Young Peoples Concerts. Wilson has been actively involved in the Westerville Symphony’s collaboration with the Westerville Public Library, Tunes & Tales, a unique collaboration that was featured at the 1996 meeting of the Ohio Library Conference. In 2007, the Orchestra appeared, under Wilson’s leadership, at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, and has been a regular feature on WOSU-FM radio’s popular program, Music in Mid Ohio. Wilson, is a member of the adjunct faculty at Otterbein University where he has also conducted performances of the Otterbein Opera Theater.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra welcomed Wilson as its Music Director in 2002, and he leads that orchestra in 10 concerts per year. Concurrent with his activities in Westerville and Springfield, Wilson is also Associate Conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra where he leads the nationally renowned educational concerts as well as classical and pops subscription events. As Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra he has led concerts at the national conferences of the Music Educator’s National Conference and the American Symphony Orchestra League, and has led the ensemble on four international tours, including a highly acclaimed tour to China in 2005. He also is principal conductor for BalletMet Columbus, having led over 100 performances with the Company.

Wilson’s schedule of guest appearances continues to be extensive, with recent invitations from the Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, and the orchestras of Phoenix, Dallas, Charlotte, North Carolina, Syracuse, Erie, and Chautauqua. During the summer of 2004, Wilson made his South American debut with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo and returned for his fifth concert appearance in Hong Kong. Wilson was one of six conductors invited to participate in a Conductor Reading Project with the New York Philharmonic in 2002, and in 1996 he was a featured conductor at the League of American Orchestras’ Conductor Preview with the Kansas City Symphony, an event designed to showcase emerging conducting talent from around the nation. Wilson conducted the Independence Day Concert with Peter Nero’s Philly Pops Orchestra in 1995, and subsequently led the Cincinnati Symphony on a highly acclaimed tour through Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Wilson also enjoys an ongoing relationship with the Tulsa Ballet.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wilson studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a leading advocate of contemporary music. He has studied with such noted conductors as Thomas Schippers, Claudio Abbado, Louis Lane, Dennis Russell Davies, and Richard Lert.