Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting the A Cappella Singers and ChamberMen, directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and overseeing the vocal studio program. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, including the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007. In 2012 Dr. Wilson founded the Lipscomb Men’s Choral Festival, an annual event that brings high school singers together for a performance of men’s choral literature, including the premiere of a newly commissioned work.
As a scholar, Dr. Wilson has focused on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell. His book, A Conductor’s Analysis of Edward MacDowell’s Choral Music, was published in 2004, and in 2005 was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral research. In 2012, Dr. Wilson presented his MacDowell findings at the first ACDA National Symposium on American Choral Music at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund. Before coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Wilson taught at York College in Nebraska. While there he founded and conducted the Chamber Singers, a select auditioned group that performed major choral works for small vocal ensembles including Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Carissimi’s oratorio, Jephthe. Dr. Wilson has also taught at the secondary level, serving as director of choral activities at Central Arkansas Christian High School in Little Rock for thirteen years. During his tenure he founded and conducted the Arkansas Chamber Singers Youth Chorale, and served as artistic director for the Arkansas Governor’s School program, Summerstage!
Dr. Wilson is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association, and serves as chair of Youth and Student Activities in the Tennessee chapter of ACDA. He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the National Collegiate Choral Conductors Organization, and Pi Kappa Lambda national music society. Dr. Wilson and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Amy and Scott.