Welcome to wilsonmarimba.com, website for percussionist Christopher Wilson!
I have been accepted to present at three CMS conferences next semester! I will be performing Keiko Abe's "Variations on Japanese Children's Songs" at the Southern Regional Conference at Birmingham-Southern College and at the Northeast Regional Conference at Kutztown University. I will also be performing Brian Van Winkle's "/dances" at the Great Lakes Regional Conference at Indiana University - South Bend. More information to come!
I had the pleasure of subbing for the first time with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. I have enjoyed watching them for years, so it was an honor to perform in their percussion section.
This month I also passed my oral examination at University of Northern Colorado, so I officially have ABD status. I am currently conducting research for my dissertation.
I had the pleasure of being a guest clinician at the Western Colorado Percussion Festival at Colorado Mesa University. While there I conducted the high school honors percussion ensemble, presented a clinic on mallet selection, and performed a marimba solo on the final concert. You can click this link to view photos from the festival. Many thanks to Darin Kamstra for having me!
This month also saw the Wilson Duo making a return performance and clinic at the St. Louis University High school. Look for more activity from us in the future! I also received notification that I passed my written comprehensive exams at University of Northern Colorado, and have scheduled my oral examination for December.
My wife, Jacqueline Wilson, has been hired as Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State! In addition, I have been hired as an instructor at SEMO's Music Academy. We are very much looking forward to our relocation to Cape Girardeau, MO!
I had two wonderful opportunities this month. I had the pleasure of teaching percussion classes at Discover the Arts!, and I played in the pit for a second year at the Heartland Festival.
-May 8, 2015-
I am happy to announce that as of today I have completed my coursework towards the degree of Doctor of Arts at University of Northern Colorado. As my wife holds the position of Professor of Music at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I will be returning to Wisconsin while I work on my dissertation.
Some great playing opportunities this month! I got to sub on percussion for the Greeley Chamber Orchestra's performance of Appalachian Spring, and played timpani on Rutter's Requiem at the First Congregational Church in Greeley.
-November 12, 2014-
I was thrilled to perform Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Marimba, No. 1 on the UNCO University Bands concert last night. The performance was a result of being named a winner in last fall's Rocky Mountain competition. Thanks to all who performed and attended!