Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Russell Wilson

Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up? Houston, TX

Current residence and marital status/family: Jamaica Plain, MA; single

Education: undergraduate and graduate performance diplomas from Longy School of Music ; MM from Hartt School of Music

When did you start playing with the VSO? 2002

Other current jobs besides VSO: Portland Symphony; Wellesley Public Schools Private Lesson Faculty; Wellesley Public Schools Private Lesson Coordinator

Favorite composer: Usually, whatever I’m playing this week. But if I have to choose…Stravinsky. He might not have come up  with anything particularly new or revolutionary, but he was damn good at the styles in which he chose to immerse himself.

Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, who has time?

How did you get started in music? My  parents were both musicians. My father played in the Houston Ballet Orchestra for 18 years, I believe, and played in the Choralis Brass Quintet based in Houston that had a modest level of success. I started on Suzuki violin before I knew any better . My parents wanted me to have more job opportunities than they had playing clarinet and tuba ¬ I think I kind of ran with that idea.

Describe a typical day: Typical?!? What’s that?

Dream job if not musician: “Ladies who Lunch” (I don’t think that’s a job, though)

Secret ambition: I try not to keep secrets. I’m bad at it

Favorite way to spend an evening: At home!

I’m most proud of: ALL MY WORK IS IN MUSIC!! (I consider my administrative position to be “in music” since it is managing a public school lesson program.) How many of your classmates from college are working entirely in their chosen field? I went to a VERY SMALL school, and I can say I’m one of a few.