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Julius P. Williams

Is an award-winning conductor, composer, recording artist, educator, author
and pianist. His career has taken him from his native New York to musical
venues around the globe, and has involved virtually every musical genre.
Maestro Williams Carnegie Hall conducting debut was with Symphony Saint
Paulia inaugural concerts in 1987 in New York. He has conducted American
Orchestras in Dallas, New Haven, Savannah, Hartford, Sacramento, Tulsa,
Knoxville, Oklahoma, Vermont , Akron, Paducah , Norwalk, The Vermont
Philharmonic, and The Wooster Symphony in Ohio, in addition, the Armor
Artist Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera, Kalistos Chamber
Orchestra in Boston and the Trilogy An Opera Company where he is Resident
Conductor. He was Music Director of the Washington Symphony (1998-2003)
which was the official Orchestra of Washington, DC. One of the most
prestigious performances was the the 30th anniversary of the Peoples
Republic of China at Constitution Hall in Washington DC as well as,
conducting a celebration at the Chinese Embassy later that year. He was also
The artistic director of the Music Festival of Costa del Sol, in Spain, and as
Artistic Director of the School of Choral Studies of New York State Summer
School of the Arts for ten seasons, other appearances include, The Tri-C Jazz
Festival in 1999 concert series in Cleveland Ohio where he opened the season
by Maestro Williams conducting a powerful performance of Duke Ellington’s
“Sacred Service”. He has served as Assistant Conductor to the late Maestro
Lucas Foss with The Brooklyn Philharmonic and with The American Symphony
in New York. He is presently conductor of the Longar Ebony Symphony
Orchestra in New York and Resident Conductor of the Trilogy Opera Company
in New Jersey.
In Europe, Maestro Williams has performed and recorded with The Prague
Radio Symphony, The Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra,The Dvorak
Symphony Orchestra, The Volvodanksa Symphony of Serbia, The Dubrovnik
Symphony of Croatia, The Brno State Philharmonic, The Bohuslav-Martinu
Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Music Festival of Costa del Sol, Spain.
A prolific composer, Maestro Williams has created dozens of works for
virtually every genre of contemporary classical performance, including opera,
ballet, orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus and solo voice, dance, musical
theatre and film. His music has been performed by countless symphony
orchestras, chamber ensembles around the globe. He has served as
Composer-in-Residence of Connecticut’s Nutmeg Ballet Company, which
premiered his ballet, “Cinderella”. His “Norman Overture” was premiered by
the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta. The opera
“Guinevere” was performed at the Aspen Music Festival and at Dubrovnik
Music Festival in Croatia. He was composer of the score for the film “What
Color is Love?” and he scored the theatrical production to “In Dahomey” . His
Cantata “A Journey to Freedom” for the Reston Choral and Festival Orchestra
in Virginia was recorded on his Album “Somewhere Far Away” 2009 on the
Albany Record label. The Detroit Symphony premiered the moving tribute to
the victims of September 11, “In Memoriam” recorded on Albany records. He
recently composed the music “Dreams” for the Boston Children’s Choir
“raising the roof concert: concert televised on national television and
recorded on their 2010 new CD. Maestro Williams has served as conductorcomposer
of the Connecticut Arts Award for Public Television. His film score
for Lifetime TV’s “Fighting for our Future” won the Gracie Allen Documentary
Award in 2003.
Julius Williams’ discography includes the critically-acclaimed “Symphonic
Brotherhood” a collection of African-American symphonic music, “Shades of
Blue” , “The New American Romanticism”, Somewhere Far Away, Places in
Time, The American Soloist and Midnight Tolls, all available on the Albany
Records label. In 2012 he has two new recordings Orchestral Equilibrium on
Centaur Records and Heart on the Wall for soprano and orchestra on Albany
In addition to his conducting and composing careers, Williams maintains a
demanding schedule of speaking engagements, consulting and academics. A
dedicated educator, Williams has served on the faculties of Wesleyan
University, The University of Hartford, and The University of Vermont. He has
been Visiting Conductor of Orchestra at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY,
Affiliate Artist-Teacher of Composition at Purchase College of the State
University of New York, and Co-Director of Videmus Recording Company, and
Visiting Associate Professor and Jessie Ball Dupont Scholar at Shenandoah
University and Conservatory in Virginia. He is presently Professor of
Composition of Conducting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston,
Massachusetts. Julius Williams’ educational consulting and speaking
engagements have included, The Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow Russia
and The Shanghai Conservatory in China where he serve as the first
American Adjudicator of the Rivers Music Competition. The Artistic Advisory
Committee of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York, he has served
on The Advisory Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts (USA) and the
Adjudication Committee for the Fulbright Awards and He has served as
Educational Consultant to the Norwalk Symphony in Connecticut and on the
Panel of Jazz and Orchestral Music for The Boston Symphony Orchestra. He
is also presently member of the board of directors of the Conductors Guild.
Julius Williams is the author of an article on Duke Ellington (Emerge
Magazine, 1999), and is co-author/editor of a vocal anthology on Hall
Johnson (Carl Fischer, 2003).
Maestro Williams is the recipient of awards for musical and academic
achievement including a honorary doctorate from Keene State College in New
Hampshire , The Detroit Symphony “Emerging Composer Award”, The Gracie
Allen Documentary Award, The Distinguished Medal of Artistic Achievement
of the Ecuador Youth Symphony Orchestra Foundation, The Honorary
Distinguished Alumnus Award of Langston University, The National Culture of
the Arts Award of the Association of Foreign Language Teachers of New York,
he also has received ASCAP Awards in Composition for the past twenty years.
In 2009 he was selected as the Faculty Marshall for the Berklee
commencement and gave the first faculty Address at the ceremony in the
schools history.
Maestro Julius P. Williams has been featured on National Television an on CBS
News Sunday Morning.



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