Music for me has become even more important during COVID as my ability to connect, perform and share experiences has diminished so much. Expressing emotions through music is profoundly important and having had numerous ‘virtual recording’ opportunities, like ‘SongBreak, has helped me to improve and share in new ways as a musician. Preparing for this virtual concert with the Orpheus Music Project singers and creative team has been a wonderful experience, indeed.”

Bryon Wilson is a freelance pianist based in Minneapolis. Bryon divides his time between teaching, coaching, and performing. He has appeared with numerous artistic organizations including Schubert Club, Source Song Festival, Thursday Musical, NATS, Mill City Opera, Out of the Box Opera, and River Sounds in Ft. Lauderdale. In 2015 Bryon performed in the world premiere of Minnesota Concert Opera’s La Divina, a one-woman play about Maria Callas. Bryon also studies and performs music composed by holocaust prisoners in Theresienstadt and recently presented a lecture recital on the topic as part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas series on Holocaust survivors in Minnesota.

Bryon maintains an active piano studio, and his students have entered music programs at Indiana University, New York University, Boston University, and Interlochen Arts Camp. During his Master’s and Doctoral studies in Collaborative Piano at the University of Minnesota Bryon studied with Timothy Lovelace, Noriko Kawai, Debra Bakland, and Margo Garrett. Bryon is on the faculty of Macphail Center for Music and is organist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina, MN. Bryon also spends two months every summer commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, AK.