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Evan Williams

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Studies

Composer and conductor Evan Williams is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at Rhodes College. Williams’ music has been performed across the country and internationally by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and at festivals such as the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the New Music Gathering, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and the New York City Electronic Music Festival. He has been commissioned by notable performers and ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has received a number of awards and honors, including serving as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Classical Roots Composer-in-Residence in 2018.

As a conductor, Williams and has led performances with the Lawrence University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, numerous chamber ensembles, and with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. He also trained at the Bard Conductors Institute and the Band Conducting and Pedagogy Clinic at the University of Michigan.

Williams holds a DMA in Composition with a cognate in Orchestral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as a teaching assistant in electronic music. He also holds a Masters of Music in Composition from Bowling Green State University and and a Bachelors in Music Theory and Composition from Lawrence University. Before joining the faculty at Rhodes, Williams held teaching positions at Lawrence University, Bennington College, and at The Walden School’s Young Musicians Program.