My Story

I grew up in a family that was very interested in music, but I was the only one to make it my life. My sister, brother and I were required to take private piano lessons until the 9th grade when we could then decide if we wanted to continue. During the 8th grade, I was looking forward to the decision my sister and brother made – to quit taking lessons! But that was the year my church was installing a fancy new pipe organ; I was fascinated at the process and, after first hearing it, I knew I wanted to play it! So, I continued my piano studies and began organ lessons on the very organ that so inspired me. The instrument, to this day, continues to amaze me. I continued music studies, earning a bachelor degree in organ performance, followed by graduate work in performance/literature for the instrument. It was there where I was bitten by another musical bug: opera! During graduate studies, I held assistantships in the opera department and in vocal accompaniment. My academic work thoroughly prepared me for a life’s work focused on making music at the organ and with singers. At Warren Wilson College, I have been able to continue with these areas of music-making: teaching and coaching singers, organists and pianists, serving as organist/choir director/accompanist, and teaching courses in music theory and music history. Additionally, I have served as Music Director to over 20 musicals produced on the Kittredge Theatre stage.

Steven Williams
a mix of strings instruments
Forest canopy

Education

B.Mus, Mars Hill College M.Mus., University of Illinois D.M.A, University of Illinois Prix d'excellence, Conservatoire National, Paris  

Research Interests

  • Organ recordings
  • Opera recordings
  • Choral & Song literature

Courses Taught

  • MUS 1100: Music Appreciation
  • MUS 2010: Music Theory
  • MUS 1050: College Choir

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervisor of the Music Crew
  • American Guild of Organists

Contact Dr. Williams

(828) 771-3048
Kittredge 129
WWC CPO 6012

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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