Executive Director


Mezzo soprano Lester Senter (Wilson) has appeared with leading opera companies, festivals and symphonies across America as well as abroad, including Spoleto USA and Italy, Glimmerglass, Des Moines, Dallas, New Orleans, Denver, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Knoxville, Birmingham, Mobile, Amarillo, Shreveport, Jackson, Mississippi, Guadalajara, Mexico, Dublin, Ireland  and others.


Dr Wilson has a D.M.A. in piano and voice, the first double major awarded by the University of Texas in Austin.  She has received numerous other awards such as The Mississippi Honored Artist Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, presented by the Mississippi Arts Commission, .the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for research and performance, and the Goodwill Industries Volunteer in Service Award.


In 2002 she played Orfeo in a specially mounted production of Orfeo ed Euridice to commemorate her twenty-fifth anniversary with the Mississippi Opera.


Dr Wilson has been the Executive Director of the Wideman Competition since 1985.