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Julius P. Williams, conductor, composer, educator

Is an award-winning conductor, composer, recording artist, educator, author and pianist. His career has taken him from his native New York to musical venues around the globe, and has involved virtually every musical genre.

Maestro Williams Carnegie Hall conducting debut was with the “Symphony Saint Paulia” Inaugural concerts in 1987 in New York. He has conducted American Orchestras in Dallas, New Haven, Savannah, Hartford, Sacramento, Tulsa, Knoxville, Oklahoma, Vermont , Akron, Paducah , Norwalk, The Vermont Philharmonic, The Wooster Symphony in Ohio,The Harlem Symphony , in addition, the Armor Artist Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra in Boston.

He was Music Director of the Washington Symphony (1998-2003) which was the official Orchestra of Washington, DC. One of their most prestigious performances was the 30th anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China at Constitution Hall in Washington DC as well as, conducting a celebration at the Chinese Embassy later that year.

He was also, The Artistic Director of the music festival of Costa del Sol, in Spain, and Artistic Director of the School of Choral Studies of New York State Summer School of the Arts for Ten seasons, other appearances include, The Tri-C Jazz Festival in 1999 concert series in Cleveland Ohio where he opened the season conducting a powerful performance of Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Service”.

He recently conducted a tour for the Oberlin Conservatory Opera and the Cleveland Opera Theater receiving rave reviews for the performances of the Opera Harriett Tubmen. In the summer of 2019 he was Guest Conductor with the OneWorld Festival Orchestra in Virginia. On Labor Day 2019 he conducted a gala performance with the Dallas Symphony at the Black Academy Third Annual Riverfest in Dallas Texas.

In the past, he has served as Assistant Conductor to the late Maestro Lucas Foss with The Brooklyn Philharmonic and with The American Symphony in New York. He is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra in Boston and Music Director and Conductor of the Trilogy An Opera Company in New Jersey and President of the Conductors Guild.

He is a Composer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra” Composer In Residence, Project” as well as serving as a cover (understudy) conductor to the Boston Pops Orchestra (BSO) in Boston and he has also served as a cover conductor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
In Europe, Maestro Williams has performed and recorded with The Prague Radio Symphony, The Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Principal Military Orchestra of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, The Dvorak Symphony Orchestra, The Volvodanksa Symphony of Serbia, The Dubrovnik Symphony of Croatia, The Brno State Philharmonic, The Bohuslav-Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Music Festival of Costa del Sol, Spain.
A prolific composer, Maestro Williams has created works for virtually every genre of contemporary classical performance, including opera, ballet, orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus and solo voice, dance, musical theatre and film. His music has been performed by countless symphony orchestras including New York, Cleveland, Detroit, St Louis, and this season Boston, to name a few. He has also served as Composer-in-Residence of Connecticut’s
Nutmeg Ballet Company, which premiered his ballet, “Cinderella”. The opera “Guinevere” was performed at the Aspen Music Festival and at Dubrovnik Music Festival in Croatia. He was composer of the score for the film “What Color is Love?” and he scored the theatrical production to “In Dahomey” . His Cantata “A Journey to Freedom” for the Reston Choral and Festival Orchestra in Virginia was recorded on his Album “Somewhere Far Away” 2009 on the Albany Record label. He composed the music “Dreams” for the Boston Children’s Choir “raising the roof concert: concert televised on national television and recorded on their 2010 CD. Maestro Williams has served as conductor-composer of the Connecticut Arts Award for Public Television. His film score for Lifetime TV’s “Fighting for our Future” won the Gracie Allen Documentary Award in 2003. More information can be found on his website.