Vera Wilson, Founder and President of Astral


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Vera Wilson is the founder and president of Astral, an arts organization in Philadelphia that has helped to launch the careers of classical music superstars such as pianist Simone Dinnerstein, Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, and the classical crossover group Time for Three.

For young classical musicians, the path from conservatory to career can be a daunting one. Vera Wilson, my guest for this episode, sought to provide a unique service to help the most talented musicians through her visionary organization, Astral. Now in its 24th year, Astral has become a vital Philadelphia institution, providing concerts, community outreach and education programs, as well as invaluable training and support for their carefully selected roster of artists.

Musical Selections

Time for Three: "Thunder Stomp" by Ranaan Meyer

Jason Vieaux, Guitar: Agustin Barrios Waltz, Op. 8, No. 4

Simone Dinnerstein, Piano: J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations; Aria


Astral's website:

Astral's National Auditions info:


Phone: 215-735-6999

If you're interested in becoming a supporter or patron of Astral, email Vera directly at

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