Thomas Wilkins is music director of the Omaha Symphony and principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and he holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Past positions have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony. He has also served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 2014 Mr. Wilkins received the prestigious Outstanding Artist award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state. During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Utah, and National symphony orchestras; and the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. This past summer’s schedule included his debut with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, a return to The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, and appearances with the San Diego Symphony. During the 2015–16 season, in addition to returning to Detroit, New Jersey, and Buffalo, he makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic. His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several boards of directors, including those of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Charles Drew Health Center (Omaha), Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and Museum of Fine Arts and the Academy Preparatory Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Currently he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.
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