Todd Wilson has guided the Nashville Singers from the beginning with his vision for attaining the highest standards of choral excellence on and off the stage. His enthusiasm for the impact of choral music on the lives of both singers and listeners is evident at any rehearsal or public performance, as well as through the music itself.
Wilson received his college education from the University of North Texas, Strayer University, and Palm Beach Community College. He has also completed more than 200 hours of classroom training in the areas of executive leadership, non-profit and organizational management, marketing, fundraising, and board development from the Center for Nonprofit Management, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Todd’s experience as a singer started at age six. His skills at choral conducting became evident at age 17 when he earned the position of Senior Student Conductor of his Advanced Mixed Chorus in high school. Todd has provided musical leadership to six different mixed, male or female choral ensembles in Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Tennessee.
He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1982 to join the internationally-acclaimed Vocal Majority Chorus, winner of 11 International Chorus Championships. He served as a section leader and member of the VM performance team for over 10 years, winning six International Championships with the chorus from 1982 to 2000.
While in Dallas, he also joined forces with three other singers in 1990 to form a quartet called ACOUSTIX. That foursome was judged “best in the world” within six months of forming. ACOUSTIX has produced five CD projects since 1991 and has appeared on another 21 audio and video releases. The award-winning foursome will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015 and is still touring. ACOUSTIX has made almost 1000 appearances in 47 states of the USA, and ten other countries.
In 2000, Wilson was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" of the Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He received the "President’s Award" from the Brotherhood of Harmony Chorus in Schaumburg, Illinois, and the "Meritorious Service Award" from the Houston Tidelanders in Texas, a 90-voice men’s chorus he led to two “Top 10” finishes in International Competition. Todd was honored as the first recipient of the Nashville Singers "Member of the Year" Award.
He works at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee as a Development and Events Specialist, and serves on advisory boards of Tennessee Scholars and the Academy of Hospitality at Antioch High School.
Wilson's past and present affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, the Gospel Music Association, Chorus America, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Barbershop Harmony Society, Center for Nonprofit Management, and Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.
to hear a 2011 interview with Executive Director Todd Wilson broadcast on WAY-FM throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.
TESTIMONIALS from members of Nashville Singers
“My recommendation for Todd Wilson would be most definitely at the highest level. Todd serves as Executive Director of The Nashville Singers, Inc. This community-centered, non-profit, performing arts organization continues to experience growth and achieve artistic excellence as a direct result of Todd's dedication and expertise. His knowledge and experience in the areas of organizational management, planning, marketing, and web development, and his ever-increasing understanding of the non-profit sector have helped create a foundation that present and future leaders can build upon for years to come. Todd's integrity, people skills, and varied business assets are simply mind-blowing! It is not often that you find such a well-rounded individual who is able to keep such a healthy balance between the bottom line, and building healthy key relationships in the process. I'd hire him tomorrow if given the opportunity!” – Bruce Cokeroft, Board Member
“Todd Wilson is an outstanding Executive Director! His organizational, managerial, and leadership skills are off the charts. He has incredible vision, and the ability to make the vision a reality. Every time I see examples of his work, I am amazed. He is the "real deal." – Ric Domenico
TESTIMONIALS from members of the HOUSTON TIDELANDERS
In my opinion, to become a great director takes two skills: a "diagnostic" skill and an "inspirational" skill. Diagnostics to be able to hear what the chorus is doing and figure out what needs to be changed to make it better, and then the ability to inspire the chorus to work hard enough on the right things to improve. Inspiration can come in lots of forms - and with this being a volunteer organization, making rehearsal an enjoyable experience for the members is a big part of it. My personal observation is that as a director, Todd Wilson is a world class diagnostician. On the inspiration front, Todd exudes passion like it is going out of style! Todd's style is clearly more demanding, but that is what inspires me. - David Morris
Todd, In all my years I have never enjoyed myself this much. Thank you for introducing me to new concepts such as "musicality" and "artistry." Those terms put what we do in a different light. I am now much more aware of what proper singing sounds like. Thanks for giving me the concept of "conversational" singing and emphasizing the proper words. Thanks for setting the bar so high. I am a better singer because of it. In harmony, - Bruce Barber
Hi Todd, I personally feel that you are the best director it has ever been my privilege to work with. I have participated in many singing endeavors over the years and I found you to be the easiest person I've ever known to sing for. Your enthusiasm is infectious, and I KNOW your directions have made me a better singer and performer. In my opinion, your best attribute is your ability to bring out the best in the men on the risers. Your enthusiasm is infectious and your manner of directing made everyone better. It was an honor and a privilege singing for you. Your Friend, - David Morris
Todd, I'm a newcomer with little knowledge of the technical aspect of performing or directing. I do know quite a bit about LEADERSHIP and I feel privileged to have been associated with such a leader and motivator as you. I have to let you know how much you contributed to making me feel a part of chorus, how much I learned of work ethic and the setting of high standards, and doing it with a smile. God bless you and your family in the days to come. - Norris Jackson
Todd, I have been a member of the Society for nearly 30 years. Throughout all those years I can say without reservation that the last two have been the most enjoyable. I think your enthusiasm has been infectious. The amount of time you spent preparing each week was clear to me, as I’m sure it was to most members. I know no other director I have sung for has devoted the kind of time preparing that you have, and I thank you for it. You have lead by example, and I have worked harder away from the rehearsal hall than I ever did before. – KC Lunden
Todd, Your knowledge, hard work ethics and great personality have been the driving force and inspiration that keeps the Lufkin and Nacogdoches guys making the long trip to Houston these last two years. I really appreciate all you have done and have enjoyed every minute. Thanks a million! - Irv Engelbrecht
Todd, I wanted to let you know personally that you have meant a lot to me as chorus director. You brought with you a lot of energy and had a way to motivate me to be the best I could be. I also like the newer music you brought to us. I am proud to have sung under your directorship and grateful for the time that we had with you. I wish you the best it whatever you do. Thanks again for all the time you worked with us, and for the new CD. It is the best recording we ever produced. - Roy A. Digges
Todd, THANK YOU so much for a GREAT two years as director of the Tidelanders. I have learned so much in the last two years as a singer just from being in the Tides and being exposed to you and your fantastic philosophy for achieving excellence as a vocal ensemble. Your Tidelander Brother, - John Watkins
You are a class act in my book You have challenged me to improve my skills with each rehearsal and I feel I am much better for having had the experience. – Cal Jochetz
Todd, I very much appreciate the talent, time, energy and interest you have given to the Tidelanders the last two years. It is a joy to work on "hard" stuff when you can see results and improvements. You have contributed much above what I have expected from a director and I think the chorus will miss all of the extras you have contributed to the chorus. Anyway you look at it, I am very glad to have been in the chorus that you directed and will gladly sing for/with you again if the opportunity arrives. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunities and directions you have given to make us a better chorus. God bless you and your family, - Bob and Macie LaFon
Todd, your future is assured wherever you might go, whatever you choose to do. I'll never forget you and will always remember that you let me "keep" your Acoustix Gold medal through International Competition. You accomplished something none of the other half-dozen directors I've worked under were able to do. You got me to smile on the risers. You've taken me a long way in my barbershop career, and I'll cherish what you've given. - Ted Johnson
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