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Anthony E. Williams, D.M.A.

About

Anthony Williams is currently Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where he teaches organ, courses in Music History, and conducts the Fisk University Chamber Choir.  From 1990 to 2005 he was a member of the music faculty at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. Williams began his teaching career at Fisk in the late 1980s where he served as Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, and was the youngest person in the history of this ensemble to hold that position.  He returned to Fisk in the fall of 2005 as Visiting Artist in Residence following the evacuation from New Orleans, Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina.  As a church musician, Dr. Williams has held church positions in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Louisiana and currently serves as Organist and Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Williams earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the American Conservatory of Music.  His principal teachers have included Robert Glasgow, Marilyn Mason, David Mulbury, Peter Fyfe and Paul Jordan.  His dissertation, The Keyboard Music of John W. Work III will be published by Edwin Mellen Press.  He has also published articles in the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and Presbyterian Association of Musicians Newsletter

Dr. Williams has received numerous awards and honors and has been included in Who’s Who in America, Who's Who in Music, Who’s Who in American Education and American Keyboard Artists.  He has also served as a judge in several competitions including the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists and the Strader Organ Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Williams was the winner of the Strader Organ Competition in 1978, and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  In addition, Dr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors for the John W. Work, III Memorial Foundation and the Music City Baroque in Nashville, Tennessee and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and on the Advisory Board for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. 

Active as a recitalist, Dr. Williams has performed in churches, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and has performed at the Washington National Cathedral, the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, the Riverside Church in New York, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.  He has also performed in Central America and Europe, making his European debut in the summer of 1990 with a recital at the European International Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.  In addition to performing, Dr. Williams is active as a lecturer having presented master classes and lectures throughout the country on a wide variety of topics including Organ Music of Black Composers, American music, the Negro Spiritual, and hymn playing.  He has also presented lectures for the New Orleans Piano Institute sponsored by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and held each summer at Loyola University in New Orleans.  Although Dr. Williams plays a wide variety of repertoire, he specializes in American music and music of Black and African-American composers. 

Current Research Interests

Organ music of Black Composers
Music of the Twentieth Century
American Music

Publications

“Spirituals”,  Encyclopedia of African American Culture, Greenwood Press (2010)

“Cross-over Rap with Country, Pop, Latin”,  Encyclopedia of African American Culture Greenwood Press (2010)

Review: Restoration: Four Arrangments of American Hymns for Organ by Kenneth T. Kosche, Presbyterian Association of Musicians Newsletter, Christmas 2008

Review: Off the Page by by Donald Rotermund, Presbyterian Association of Musicians Newsletter, Christmas 2008

Review: We Gather Together: Four Thanksgiving Hymn Settings for Organ by Neil Harmon, Presbyterian Association of Musicians Newsletter, Fall 2008

Dissertation: The Keyboard Works of John W. Work, III, 2006, (to be published by Edwin Mellen Press)

Anthony E. Williams, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music and University Organist

Education  
BM in Organ Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
MM in Organ Performance, University of Michigan
D.M.A. in Organ Performance, American Conservatory of Music

Contact
Harris Music Building Room 113
1000 17th Avenue, North 37208

615-329-8701