Concert: Carol Williams, Concert Organist
February 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
at The Church of the Holy Trinity
502 S. Morris St., Oxford, MD
“I want to bring the pipe organ to new audiences and, with my performances, make people feel good.”
– Carol Williams
Dr. Carol Williams is a composer, concert organist, recording artist, and host of “On the Bench with Dr. Carol” (interviews with artists, curators, conductors, composers, and people around the pipe organ). She also serves as the Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society, Artistic Director of the Lynchburg International Organ Festival (VA), and is Organist-in-Residence at Court Street UMC (Lynchburg VA).
Prior to relocating to the East Coast, Dr. Williams was the San Diego City’s Civic Organist, the first woman to hold this position. For fifteen years, she performed on the world’s largest outdoor organ, the Spreckels Organ (Balboa Park). Dr. Williams continues her tradition of playing music that appeals to all people: jazz, the blues, show tunes, Broadway, classical, traditional organ music, popular music (including David Bowie and The Doors), children’s songs, marches and original compositions. Dr. Williams is known for her collaborations with Jazz, Blues, Pop and Rock bands along with leading orchestras throughout the world, such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Beijing Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Dr. Williams has received many awards for her organ performances and studies. She received the Royal Academy of Music (London) Recital Diploma, along with all their musical prizes. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and of Trinity College London Plus. Further studies at Yale University, where she served as the University Chapel Organist, resulted in being awarded the Artist Diploma and Charles Ives Prize for Outstanding Achievement. A Doctorate of Musical Arts degree was earned at the Manhattan School of Music, where she also was awarded the Helen Crohn Award. Dr. Williams has also been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for her excellence and many contributions to the world of music.
When Dr. Williams is not playing lunchtime concerts and church services in Lynchburg, or playing concerts throughout the world, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their horses, her dog Dietrich Buxtehude, and other animal friends. . . along with a motorcycle ride through the country!