Thomas Wilson is currently Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs (known locally as “Chamber Orchestra of the Springs”), Associate Conductor of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and serves on the music faculties at Colorado College, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Thomas holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, where he graduated summa cum laude and received the School of Music’s highest honor—the Departmental Scholar Award. He has a Masters Degree in Conducting from Colorado State University.
In addition to an active schedule of guest conducting, Thomas freelances as an arranger and orchestrator for several studios and prominent solo artists. His compositions have been performed on four continents. Thomas has long been an advocate for collaboration among arts groups, blending genres and mediums to create new possibilities and strengthen arts organizations. He is also a passionate advocate for music education and will be conducting the 2016 Colorado All-State Orchestra.
In recent years, Thomas has been researching, writing and presenting in-depth educational experiences for concertgoers. With cutting-edge scholarship, utilizing audiovisual content and bringing orchestras and actors into the mix, Thomas has led audiences to a deeper understanding of essential repertoire, including Mozart’s Requiem and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
In his scant free time, Thomas seeks joy in family, friends and fitness. He is a voracious reader, a chess player, and an animal advocate who is always happiest in Monument Valley Park with his two nefarious hounds, Maynard and Stanzi.
Thomas has been called “someone to watch” and “a very exciting conductor” by Michael Tilson Thomas, one of the foremost conductors of our time.