Wiggins, Bill

Nashville Symphony


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Bill Wiggins is Associate Professor of Timpani and Percussion at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. 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, Joseph Schwantner and Joan Tower.

In addition to his tenure with the Nashville Symphony Bill continues as Principal Timpanist with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra of Door County, Wisconsin conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

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