Thomas Wilson is currently Music Director of the 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 the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s 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 master’s 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 and arrangements have been performed on five continents.
A strong advocate of music education, Thomas is very active as a clinician and guest conductor for schools, honor bands, and honor orchestras. In 2020, he will conduct the Colorado All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In recent years, Thomas has been researching, writing, and presenting in-depth educational experiences for concertgoers. With a 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.
An advocate of collaboration, blending genres and mediums to create new possibilities and strengthen arts organizations, Thomas has led countless projects in dance, opera, theater, film, and virtually every genre of music.
In his scant free time, Thomas seeks joy in friends, fitness, and learning. He is a voracious reader, a chess player, and an animal advocate who is always happiest on Colorado trails with his nefarious hound, Maynard.
Thomas has been called “someone to watch” and “a very exciting conductor” by Michael Tilson Thomas, one of the foremost conductors of our time.