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Dr. Christopher Wilson

Percussion

Biography

Percussionist Christopher Wilson is an adjunct instructor at Southeast Missouri State University.  As a soloist Dr. Wilson has helped to introduce the marimba to public audiences in settings outside of the concert hall, including coffee shops, libraries, and art galleries. He has also appeared as guest artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the College Music Society national conference, and on multiple collegiate campuses. He is an active chamber musician, most notably as a member of the Wilson Duo with wife, bassoonist Jacqueline Wilson. The Wilson duo has presented recitals at the International Double Reed Society Convention and on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Dr. Wilson has been equally active as a clinician and pedagogue. As an in-demand educator Dr. Wilson has given workshops and presented assemblies on all areas of percussion at hundreds of K-12 schools throughout the country.  He has also been an active teacher of young percussion students, including maintaining private studios and serving as the percussion caption head for competitive marching bands in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

Wilson received his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.  His primary area of study was percussion performance, and his secondary area was wind conducting.  Dr. Wilson's dissertation, An Analysis of Beginning Percussion Education Through Wind Band Repertoire and Method Books, is a survey of commonly-used first-year method books and their ability to introduce instruments and technical concepts according to recent trends in Grade 1 band literature.  He is also a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and Eastern Washington University.  His principal teachers include Gray Barrier, Nancy Zeltsman and Martin Zyskowski. He is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums and Encore Mallets.