Maestro Thomas Wilkins
Thomas Wilkins

One of the country’s most distinguished conductors, Maestro Thomas Wilkins returns to lead the San Diego Symphony for the tenth successive year. A highly sought-after guest conductor for top orchestras throughout the Unites States, Wilkins always brings a special energy and excitement to each performance, which is why he’s been invited back to Symphony at Salk, a concert under the stars.

Wilkins is the Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and he continues his role as the Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. Wilkins was recently named the Boston Symphony’s “Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor.” Past positions include Resident Conductor of the Detroit Symphony as well as the Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony (Virginia). He has also served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. A native of Norfolk, VA, Wilkins resides in Omaha with his wife, Sheri-Lee, and their twin daughters Nicole and Erica.

San Diego Symphony


In the 100 plus years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents. The San Diego Symphony offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season, including an annual appearance at “Symphony at Salk.” Symphony performances at downtown San Diego’s historic Copley Symphony Hall include the Jacobs’ Masterworks series led by Music Director Jahja Ling, the City of Lights, which features popular guest artists; the Family Festival, the Symphony Exposé, and an outdoor Summer Pops season at the picturesque waterfront of the Embarcadero Marina Park South.