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Jeremy Wilson

Associate Professor of Trombone, Chair of the Brass Department

Jeremy Wilson is Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Blair, he was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and its sister organization, the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. He joined those orchestras at the age of 25 after winning what was his first-ever orchestral audition, and in 2010 became one of just a handful of Americans to have ever been made a full member of the Vienna Philharmonic Society.  

Wilson was appointed to the Vienna orchestras as a Wechselposaunist, or "switching trombonist," splitting his time between second trombone, first trombone and bass trumpet. He performed hundreds of concerts as a "Wiener Philharmoniker," the vast majority of which were under the batons of the world's leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.  

Wilson was privileged to travel extensively while with the Philharmonic, performing in 28 countries throughout Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and North America, often with renowned soloists such as Lang Lang, Yefim Bronfman and Yo-Yo Ma. He performed in many of the world’s most famous concert halls, including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall, not to mention the Golden Hall of the Philharmonic’s legendary home venue, the Wiener Musikverein.

At the Vienna State Opera, one of the world’s finest and busiest opera houses, Wilson played more than 550 performances of 85 different operas and ballets, including five complete Wagner Ring cycles. He had the honor of performing with numerous prominent opera singers, including Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Elīna Garanča, Edita Gruberova, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko.  

Wilson performed as guest principal trombonist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra during its 2013-14 classical series, and also performs regularly with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Wilson is an active soloist and clinician. He has been a featured guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop and the Trombones de Costa Rica Festival, and has given many solo recitals, concerto performances, master classes and lectures around the United States. Wilson has won numerous solo competitions, including the International Trombone Association’s Frank Smith Competition and the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, which he won four consecutive times. 

As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Blair Brass Quintet, a group composed of Vanderbilt faculty. His trombone quartet from the University of North Texas was the winner of the ETW National Quartet Competition as well as the International Trombone Association’s Trombone Quartet Competition. As a jazz artist, he was a member of the North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and won several national and international competitions as lead trombonist for Tennessee Trombonery, a jazz trombone ensemble from the University of Tennessee. 

Wilson is now in his fifth year of full-time teaching, and his students have been finalists for several International Trombone Festival and American Trombone Workshop competitions and have participated in many prestigious summer festivals, such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and Le Domaine Forget. Wilson serves on the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate, is faculty advisor for the Pi Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is music director and conductor of the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra, a campus orchestra composed mainly of non-music majors.

Wilson holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (BM 2005), where he was a Presser Scholar, and the University of North Texas (MM 2011), where he was a graduate teaching fellow. He studied with Don Hough, Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker and Tom Lundberg. He resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Kristi, and their three children.



Blair Brass Quintet