Faculty in Residence, Dr. John Wilson

John Wilson has served as the choral director at Bridgewater-Raritan High School for fifteen years. His choirs perform frequently, and were most recently featured at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Rochester, NY. Dr. Wilson’s ensembles have performed at major venues in the New York/New Jersey area under the direction of Ryan Brandau, James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Alan Raines, Lee Nelson, and Andrew Megill, a notable example being a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in March of 2018 at Princeton University Chapel. John conducted the Virginia All-State Middle School Treble chorus in 2018 and the CJMEA Region Treble Chorus in 2019. Dr. Wilson has taught undergraduate courses in conducting and music education at Rutgers University, where he earned his masters and doctorate degrees in choral conducting. During 2020-2021, Dr. Wilson had the privilege of leading the Rutgers University Choir. John served as an Associate Director at the Princeton Girlchoir organization between 2015-2018, where he conducted the Cantores ensemble. This ensemble was featured in a recording of Steven Sametz’s A Child’s Requiem in 2015 which was led by the composer. From 2014-2019, Dr. Wilson served as a faculty member at the Summer High School Vocal Institute faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducted the Men’s Ensemble and taught a primer in conducting.

John is inspired by the community that is created through music making and the transformative power of text and music. John has been on the NJACDA board since 2013, where his role was to coordinate the annual NJACDA High School Choral Festival with Dr. Deborah Simpkin King.


As Faculty in Residence for Somerset Hills Harmony, Dr. Wilson will engage in the following:
  • Serve as a resource for our musical leadership, including directors and section leaders.
  • Advise on the continued development of our member education plan.
  • Serve as a clinical resource when appropriate.