Dr. Eric Wilson
Director of Bands
J. Eric Wilson is Director of Bands at Baylor University where he administrates the band program, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches and oversees the undergraduate and graduate conducting curriculum. Additionally, he has supervised student teachers and served as Chair of the Ensemble Division for four years. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, he served twelve years on the faculty of Abilene Christian University. Dr. Wilson holds both a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (wind band conducting) and a Master of Music degree (saxophone performance and conducting) from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Abilene Christian University. Prior to his university appointments, Dr. Wilson taught in the Texas public school system.
Dr. Wilson is in demand as a conducting clinician, adjudicator, and performing artist. As a conductor, he has directed numerous regional honor bands and conducted his own groups at conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association. As a saxophonist, Dr. Wilson has performed as orchestral saxophonist, recitalist, and soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony, and Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, in addition to over 100 performances with bands, chamber ensembles, and pianists. He is also a former member of the nationally known saxophone quartet, Resounding Winds, with which he presented more than 300 concerts, workshops, clinics, seminars, and Arts-in-Education sessions in fifteen states.
Dr. Wilson has received awards and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, Texas Commission on the Arts, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and Vienna Modern Masters International Recording Competition. Among Dr. Wilson's recordings are Heart of the Holidays and Near to the Heart of God, and his writings include "The Dallas Wind Symphony: Documentation of Its History and Artistic Significance," which began life as his dissertation project at the University of Michigan. He is currently President of the Big 12 Band Directors Association and Vice-President of CBDNA's Southwest Division. In addition to his performing opportunities as conductor, clinician, and saxophonist, Dr. Wilson enjoys spending time with his wife, Lynette, and their four children, Blake, Meredith, Luke, and Caleb.
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