Faculty, Interlochen Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium Institute
Associate Professor of Trombone, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
M.M., University of North Texas; B.M., Music Education and Trombone Performance, University of Tennessee
Trombonist Jeremy Wilson is acclaimed for the versatility and lyricism of his playing as well as his insight and commitment as a teacher. Currently Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Wilson is something of a legend in trombone circles. On his first-ever audition attempt at the age of 25, he won a prestigious position with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and its sister organization, the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Just out of college, he honed his performance skills in Vienna as a member of one of the most renowned musical organizations in the world. At the time, he was the only American full-time member of either orchestra, splitting his time between second trombone, first trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet.
A native of Tennessee, Wilson returned to his home state in 2012 to fulfill his long-time passion for teaching and devote more time to his young family. He accepted a full-time teaching position at Vanderbilt University but continued a busy performance schedule as well. During the 2013-14 arts season, he served as guest principal trombonist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed on several occasions with the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the special invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa. In addition to his versatility as an orchestral player, Wilson is highly sought as a soloist and chamber musician. The winner of numerous solo competitions, he has been featured in concerto performances and solo recitals in venues across the world.
He is particularly passionate about new music, and has commissioned or co-commissioned more than 20 new works for trombone over the last three years. Five of those works were recorded on his debut solo album, Perspectives, which was released in 2018. That same year, he began an extensive ongoing standard repertoire YouTube project, which has since become widely viewed as a valuable resource for students and teachers alike. As a chamber artist, he is a member of the Aries Trombone Quartet, TRIIOMNIA, and the Blair Brass Quintet, a faculty brass ensemble from Vanderbilt University. He has performed with a range of other brass ensembles, including Tri-Star Brass, Maniacal 4, and the award-winning TF Quartet from the University of North Texas. With his keen affinity for jazz, Wilson is a member of the Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra, and was previously part of the University of North Texas’s famed One O’Clock Lab Band, the University of Tennessee’s award-winning ensemble Tennessee Trombonery, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra.
Highly respected as a dedicated teacher and clinician, Wilson has given masterclasses and lectures in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a featured guest artist at the Alessi Seminar Asia, the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, Lieksa Brass Week, the Pokorny Seminar, and the Trombones de Costa Rica Festival. His students have been finalists for several domestic and international competitions and have participated in many prestigious summer festivals. Under his leadership, the Vanderbilt Trombone Ensemble has performed at the International Trombone Festival and the American Trombone Workshop.
Wilson currently serves on the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate, is faculty advisor for the Pi Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is Faculty Advisor of the Commodore Orchestra, a Vanderbilt campus orchestra for non-music majors. He recently received the Blair School of Music's Faculty Excellence Award.
Wilson started studying music in the sixth grade, becoming a serious student of the trombone in high school. In college, he double-majored in music education and performance at the University of Tennessee, where he was a Presser Scholar, before earning a Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2011. His teachers have included Don Hough, Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Tom Lundberg.
Wilson currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Kristi and their three children.