2023 Southwest Region Orchestra
PETER STAFFORD WILSON
Peter Stafford Wilson is one of the most exciting and talked about conductors of his generation being versatile in the areas of symphonic, ballet, and education. He has served the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Music Director since 2001, and concurrently, he holds the post of Music Director of the Westerville Symphony, and was named Principal Conductor of Tulsa Ballet in 2012. 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. A new multi-media, multi discipline production of Gustav Holst’s The Planets in 2011 resulted in a sellout house, while 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 over one million dollars is further testimony to the community’s enthusiastic support. Mr. Wilson and the SSO are the recipients of a 2009-2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming as offered by the League of American Orchestras. Since 1990, Peter Stafford Wilson has held the posts of Assistant and Associate Conductor of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a tenure he concluded in 2018 after 28 seasons.