Gregory K. Williams
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Gregory K. Williams is a leading violist, pedagogue, conductor, and scholar. Mr. Williams is the Principal Violist of the Berkshire Opera Festival, and Assistant Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. He is the founding violist with Rhymes With Opera, and performs regularly with the Long Island-based Red Door Chamber Players. Mr. Williams has also performed with the Albany Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Symphony in C, the Syracuse Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. His recent performances include solo recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, and throughout the United States.
Awarded the Associated Music Teacher's League Award in 2014, Mr. Williams has been on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY since 2012. In this role, he teaches viola, upper string methods, and coaches chamber music. He was the String Orchestra Director at Saint Francis Preparatory School and directed the Beginner String Program at P.S. 115 in Queens. He has also taught viola and violin at Kellenberg Memorial High School, the Ross School, and the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs. In July 2018, he will be serving on the chamber music faculty of the Mountain Springs Chamber Music Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As a conductor and orchestral coach, Maestro Williams has worked with several student ensembles, including the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (Long Island), Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted at the Southampton String Festival and the LIU-Post Summer Music Festival, the Saratoga-Warren County Music Educators Association All-County 8-9 Orchestra, and currently conducts the Queens College String Ensemble.
Greg Williams will be graduating with his Doctorate in Viola Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center in May 2018, where he was a recipient of the Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship, studying with Karen Ritscher and Dr. Linda Sinanian. Previously, Mr. Williams has studied with Michelle LaCourse at Boston University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance, and with George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music, receiving his Master's Degree in Viola Performance and Literature.