Wilson Gault Somers is a jazz and vocal music instructor, composer and performer in the Delaware Valley. 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.
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. 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.’ Additionally, he is the choir director and organist for an Episcopal church in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
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;
- Dallabrida, Eileen Smith (November 22, 2012). "Local composer remembers 9/11 victims in new piece". Delaware Public Media. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "2000 MID-ATLANTIC EMMY AWARD RECIPIENTS". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- "Concerts". Requiem for 9/11. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Nardone, Mark (October 2012). "Wilson G. Somers Composes 'Requiem for 9/11'". Delaware Today. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Lehman, Tom (November 20, 2012). "Composer's work honors those killed in 9/11 attacks". WDEL 1150AM. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Official website
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