ORGANIST - LECTURER - CONDUCTOR
MY SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Anthony Williams is currently Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where he teaches organ and courses in Music History, including courses in American and African-American music. 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. 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 Strader Organ Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, a competition he won in 1978. As a result, he 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.
Dr. Williams has performed in churches, colleges, and universities throughout the United States including such notable places as the Washington National Cathedral, the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, the Riverside Church in New York, and Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia. 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.
Active as a lecturer, Dr. Williams has 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. Dr. Williams has also hosted a radio program on which he performed organ music by African-American composers for WWNO-FM Radio 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.