William G. (Bill) Wiggins

Nashville, TN

William G. (Bill) Wiggins

Bill Wiggins is Associate Professor of Percussion at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University, and Principal Timpanist of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra of Door County, Wisconsin conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

Until his retirement in July of 2015 he served as Principal Timpanist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, holding that position since 1969. He can be heard on recordings on the Naxos, Decca, Mercury and Magnatone labels including Grammy Award winning recordings of music of Michael Daugherty, Stephan Paulus, Joseph Schwantner and Joan Tower.

Professor Wiggins holds degrees from Northwestern University and George Peabody College for Teachers. His principal teachers have included Farrell Morris, Terry Applebaum, George Gaber and Cloyd Duff. Nick Woud and Marinus Komst, Solo Timpanists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, have particularly influenced him.

Over the course of his 49 years as Timpanist of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival Professor Wiggins has performed most of the “canon” of Western Orchestral music including composers from J.S. Bach through those of our time, many of them multiple times. These performances have be led by a variety of well known conductors, including, but not limited to Thor Johnson, Willis Page, Michael Charry, Robert Shaw, John Nelson, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Victor Yampolsky, Giancarlo Guerrero, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Neville Marriner, Helmut Rilling, Sir Alexander Gibson, Jahja Ling, Anshel Brusilow, Jorge Mester, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Stanislaw Skrowaczevski, Hans Graf, Nicholas MeGegan, Gunter Herbig, Christopher Seaman, Lawrence Foster, Robert Craft, Peter Oundjian, Kristof Pendereki, Alastair Willis and Joann Falleta.

Bill has been an active member of the Percussive Arts Society since 1970 hosting the first Tennessee Day of Percussion at George Peabody College in 1974 and the 2017 Tennessee

Day of Percussion at Vanderbilt University. He served as Host of the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in 1989 and 1996. Professor Wiggins served on the PAS Board of Directors from 1996 to 2001, and on the Symphonic Committee of PAS. He is a Life Member of The Nashville Musicians Association, Local 257 American Federation of Musicians.

Bill is proud to be an Artist Endorser of Pearl /Adams percussion products, JG Percussion (timpani), Mike Balter Mallets (keyboards) and Sabian Cymbals.

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Timpani Basics 2.0: An Exploration of Technical Refinements

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Room 120


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