Wilson Somers

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Wilson Gault Somers is a jazz and vocal music instructor, composer and performer in the Delaware Valley.[1] Somers is perhaps best known for his soundtrack for Edward Loper: Prophet of Color, a documentary about the artist Edward L. Loper, Sr. which won an Emmy award in 2000 in the Mid-Atlantic chapter.[2]


Somers has been an instructor at the Tatnall School for several years, mainly instructing vocal music, and has led a group which performed for Pope John Paul II. He has also created several original orchestral works- Somers' first large-scale composition, entitled MASS FOR THE HOMELESS, premiered to a sold-out audience at the Grand Opera House in 1977. The concert raised funds for homeless agencies in Northern Delaware, as did an encore performance of the same composition in 1999.[3] His most recent large-scale creation, titled "Requiem for 9/11", is intended to remember the first responders of 9/11. "Requiem" premiered in 2012, and the performance raised several thousand dollars for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.’[1][3][4][5] Additionally, he is the choir director and organist for an Episcopal church in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson is married to Joan Somers, with whom he collaborated for his composition "Requiem for 9/11." They are also the parents of Tyler Somers, a member of the musical duo Jenny & Tyler;


  1. ^ a b Dallabrida, Eileen Smith (November 22, 2012). "Local composer remembers 9/11 victims in new piece". Delaware Public Media. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "2000 MID-ATLANTIC EMMY AWARD RECIPIENTS". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Concerts". Requiem for 9/11. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Nardone, Mark (October 2012). "Wilson G. Somers Composes 'Requiem for 9/11'". Delaware Today. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Lehman, Tom (November 20, 2012). "Composer's work honors those killed in 9/11 attacks". WDEL 1150AM. Retrieved May 2, 2014.

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