Jeremy Wilson, Assoc. Professor of Trombone

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

Performing with the Chicago Symphony, May 2014

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, masterclasses, and lectures around the United States.  Mr. 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 comprised 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.  

Performing at the 2014 Eastern Trombone Workshop

Now in his fifth year of full-time teaching, Wilson’s 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.  He 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 comprised 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.