Travis Wells joined the Music Academy as Director of Artistic Operations in March 2022. He spent over 11 years at the Philadelphia Orchestra in a variety of roles in Production and Artistic Operations. Travis oversaw the planning and execution of numerous international and domestic tours as well as annual residencies at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York. He supported many high profile events such as Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the USA where Philadelphia Orchestra performed a concert and mass that was attended by over 800,000 people on Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway.
Most recently Travis was the Senior Director of Concert Operations at Pacific Symphony where he managed their first tour of China as well as their Carnegie Hall debut by invitation from Philip Glass. The symphony performed several works that explored the influence of Ravi Shankar on Glass’ music and featured sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar.
Travis is a tuba player and has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Temple University in Philadelphia where he graduated summa cum laude.