Trombonist Jeremy Wilson, who has held the 2nd chair position with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra since 2007, is returning to his home state of Tennessee and an Associate Professor of Trombone position at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music in Nashville. His position begins there with the Fall Semester of 2012.
In Wilson’s blog Back Row Perspectives, he details his reasons for leaving Vienna — which seem to fall into three categories not necessarily in this order: a bit of homesickness for the U.S., pressures on his family life from the Vienna Phil’s arduous touring schedule, and his interest in teaching at the university level combined with cultivating a solo career.
Wilson hails from McMinnville, TN, and began his trombone studies with Tom Lundberg before entering the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as student of Don Hough. In 2005, he received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Trombone Performance. After UT, he attended the University of North Texas to pursue a master’s degree, where he studied with Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, and Tony Baker. He joined the Vienna organizations in 2007 after winning what was his first ever orchestral audition.
In February of 2011, Wilson made a return guest appearance with the UT Symphony Orchestra in Launy Grøndahl’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra that I reviewed in this blog. The performance was also one of my “Best of …” picks for 2011.
But, can you ever go home again after performing in one of the world’s great orchestras? We’ll see.