Peter Stafford Wilson returns to Tulsa for his sixth season as Tulsa Ballet’s Principal Conductor, where he will lead performances Don Quixote, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker.
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 (OH) Symphony Orchestra. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra appointed him Regional Pops Conductor, where he led the orchestra in a series of widely acclaimed performances in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. In 1990, he joined the staff of the Columbus Symphony where he has appeared regularly on all subscription and outreach series. 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. In the summer of 2015 he led a highly acclaimed performance of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, and the Orchestra will make a return visit to Carnegie under Wilson’s baton in June, 2018.
Peter is now in his sixteenth 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 his commitments with the Westerville Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, and BalletMet Columbus during the coming season. With BalletMet, he will be leading performances of Edwaard Liang’s Dorothy and the Prince of OZ, which received its world premiere in Tulsa last season.