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Ransom Wilson named Music Director of Orchestral Studies Program

Ransom Wilson

Yale School of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival faculty member Ransom Wilson has been named the new Music Director of the Orchestral Studies Program at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). 

NYSSSA is comprised of seven residential schools and offers training in ballet, choral studies, dance, media arts, orchestral studies, theatre and visual arts. Among the faculty are members of the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Chautauqua Institution. The School of Orchestral Studies is co-sponsored by the New York State School Music Association, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the New York State Education Department and the the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. In-residence during the program, the Philadelphia Orchestra works side by side with the students during the session.

Ransom Wilson studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, before working with Jean-Pierre Rampal. As soloist he has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is Professor of Flute at the Yale School of Music.

An active conductor, Mr. Wilson is Music Director of Solisti New York and has held that position with Opera Omaha, the San Francisco Chamber Symphony, and the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma.  He is Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and  founded the Mozart Festival at Sea, and has received the Republic of Austria’s Award of Merit in Gold for his efforts on behalf of Mozart’s music in America.

A supporter of contemporary music, Mr. Wilson has had works composed for him by Steve Reich, Peter Schickele, Joseph Schwantner, John Harbison, Jean Françaix, Jean–Michel Damase, George Tsontakis, Tania Léon and Deborah Drattel.