John Wion was principal flutist of the New York City Opera from 1965 to 2002, and has drawn on this experience to publish a 9-volume series of opera excerpt books to help flutists prepare for auditions and performances. He has appeared as a soloist in New York’s major concert halls and at prestigious summer festivals in the United States. He has made recital tours with pianist Gilbert Kalish and guitarist Lisa Hurlong, and guest appearances with the Tokyo, Emerson, and Manhattan String Quartets. He has recorded a variety of solo and chamber music repertoire for Lyrichord, Turnabout, Opus1, Musical Heritage, and has released three CDs on the Hartt Music Productions label.
Wion was professor of flute at The Hartt School from 1977 to 2007. In his many visits to Australia and New Zealand, he appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in addition to performing recitals. He has also been an artist in residence, teaching and performing, in Australia, Italy, Mexico, England, Finland, Peru, and Canada. His editions and publications have been honored by the NFA’s Newly Published Music Competition. He served as president of this organization in 1985. He has recently completed his memoirs, Wood, Silver and Gold.