The music of Evan Williams draws from a wide range of influences, both musical and cultural. His work reflects inspirations from the Baroque, Modernism, Post-Minimalism, contemporary popular music, and everything in between. Williams is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He holds a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) and a Bachelor’s from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI). His primary teachers have been Asha Srinivasan, Joanne Metcalf, Christopher Dietz, Mikel Kuehn, and Marilyn Shrude. He has also received instruction by guest composers such as Libby Larson, Andrew Boysen Jr., Andrew Mead, David Maslanka, Carter Pann, Sven-David Sandström, Evan Chambers, and Bill McGlaughlin.
Williams’ music has been heard across the Midwest with notable performances by the Verb Ballets of his electroacoustic work Originsas a part of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s Young and Emerging Composers series, and by members of Fifth House Ensemble and participants of their Fresh Inc Festival of his work GRIME for violin, viola, cello, and bass at the Make Music Chicago Grand Finale. Internationally, his work the waters wrecked the sky for unaccompanied clarinet was premiered by Arianna Tieghi in Citta di Castello, Italy as a part of her “…From USA” project. This work will also appear on an upcoming CD with Tieghi and the Namaste No Borders Quartet.
Williams is also an aspiring conductor and has studied with Andrew Mast, Phillip Swan, Rick Bjella, David Becker, Emily Freeman Brown, Ken Thompson, and at the Bard Conductor’s Institute. He has conducted concerts with the Lawrence University Symphonic Band, numerous chamber ensembles, and at the 2012 New Music Festival at BGSU.
His honors and awards include the first prize winner in the 24th and 25th Annual Contests for Student and Amateur Composers presented by The University of Toledo Music Department and Craig’s Pianos and Keyboards and second place in the chamber music division of the Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Awards given by the National Federation of Music Clubs. He has served as the graduate assistant for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at BGSU, and currently he serves as a graduate assistant in the Admissions Office at CCM.
Evan Williams – Grime
for violin, viola, cello and double bass