Biography

jw1Acclaimed by the press for her “deeply moving” artistry and a voice that has been lauded as “rich and colorful,” mezzo-soprano Jan Wilson is known for her skilled interpretations of solo orchestral works, choral masterpieces and chamber music. Ms. Wilson has performed with orchestras and choral societies across the US, including the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Richmond, West Virginia, Roanoke, Greenwich Village, Wheeling, Cedar Rapids, Northeastern PA Philharmonic, to name just a few, and as a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York’s St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, ARS Musica, and the State College Choral Society.  Her performances have included collaborations with conductors of some of the finest orchestras including Lawrence Loh, Daniel Hege,  David Stewart Wiley, Timothy Hankewich, Andre Raphel Smith, Joseph Silverstein, Nicholas Palmer, Barbara Yahr, and Grant Cooper, to name only a few.  

Ms. Wilson performs masterpieces by Beethoven, Verdi, Handel, Mahler, Mozart and Bach.  During the 2010 season, Ms. Wilson was heard with the Roanoke Symphony in two Mozart Requiems, three Beethoven Ninths with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Central Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Rossini Petite Messe Sollenelle and Mozart Great Mass in C Minor with Heidi Grant Murphy and ARS Music, and Beethoven Mass in C at the Academy of Sacred Music, PA.   In 2008 she performed Messiah with the Syracuse Symphony and Discovery Orchestras,  Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with three orchestras: in two performances with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Boston’s NEC Jordan Hall and at Boston Symphony Hall; with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra at New London’s Garde Arts Center, and with the Lexington Philharmonic at Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts and Verdi’s Requiem with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at Washington’s INB Performing Arts Center.  December 2007 included performances of Handel’s Messiah in Manhattan with The St. Vincent Ferrer Orchestra and Chorale, and The Discovery Orchestra at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Ms. Wilson traveled to Minnesota to join the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the DECC Auditorium, and returned to New York for appearances with the Long Island Philharmonic of Mozart’s Requiem at the Staller Center for the Arts in Stonybrook, and at the Tilles Center for the Arts in Brookville.  She ended the season with a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the Westside Presbyterian Church with musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Ars Musica Chorale.

Also, In October 2009 and April 2010, Ms. Wilson was honored to receive two distinguished alumni awards - the first from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, and also from the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University, State College, PA.

Highlights of recent seasons include engagements as a soloist for the Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh; for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Garrett Lake Arts Festival Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Altoona Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Astoria Symphony and Allentown Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Pennsylvania State University Orchestra and Choruses, Handel’s Messiah with the St. Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus (Carnegie Hall debut performance), the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and Johnstown Symphony; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the Raminsh Magnificat with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and for the Verdi Requiem with Lexington Philharmonic.

Ms. Wilson’s recording of Murray Shafer’s Minnelieder on the Centaur label with the Pennsylvania Quintet was praised by Fanfare as “...an excellent addition to the shelf of contemporary American music...  ...Wilson has a real flair for this kind of music.”  Of her live performance of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Altoona Symphony, American Record Guide praised, “Wilson’s ripe and full-throated embrace of the various texts, in the final storm at sea piling on the vibrato in the best Helen Traubel tradition; there is a sonorous aura surrounding the soloist.” She can also be heard  singing Handel’s Messiah on the Duke University private label.

Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster College, her Master’s in Voice Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and was a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Fellowship  for voice  study at the Royal  College of  Music, London,  from which she was awarded a  Certificate  of Achievement.  A Regional Finalist and District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she made her debut solo  recital at Weill  Recital Hall at  Carnegie Hall in 1994 and her solo debut at Carnegie Hall' s Stern Auditorium in December 2006..   She was a Semi-Finalist in the New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition, and a National Finalist of the Federation of Music Clubs Competition.  Her teachers have included Herbert Burtis, Suzanne Roy, Louise McClelland, Margaret Cable and Carol Schoenhard.  Ms. Wilson resides in Manhattan, New York.

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