Evan Williams (b. 1988, Chicago, Ill.) is an American composer and conductor.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Dr. Williams completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition, with a cognate in orchestral conducting, at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Michael Fiday, Mara Helmuth, and Douglas Knehans, and served as a teaching assistant in electronic music. He holds a master's degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and a bachelor's from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc). His other primary teachers have been Asha Srinivasan, Joanne Metcalf, Christopher Dietz, Mikel Kuehn, and Marilyn Shrude. He has also received instruction in festivals, masterclasses, and lessons from composers Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, David Maslanka, Libby Larsen, Evan Chambers, Stacy Garrop, Dan Visconti, and others.
The music of Evan Williams draws from a wide range of influences, both musical and cultural. His work reflects inspirations from the Baroque, Romanticism, Modernism, Post-Minimalism, contemporary popular music, and everything in between. Williams’ music has been performed across the country and internationally in Canada, Italy, and Switzerland. His work has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, the Verb Ballets, and at festivals such as Fresh Inc, N_SEME, SEAMUS, Studio 300, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the New York City Electronic Music Festival, and the Midwest Composers Symposium.
Williams is also an aspiring conductor, and has trained at the Bard Conductors Institute and the Band Conducting and Pedagogy Clinic at the University of Michigan. He has conducted concerts with the Lawrence University Symphonic Band, numerous chamber ensembles, at the 2012 New Music Festival at BGSU, with Café MoMus (CCM’s contemporary chamber ensemble), and with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble.
He has received awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs, ASCAP Plus, Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and other honors.
Williams served as assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Rhodes College, where he taught composition, music technology, and is music director of the Rhodes Orchestra. He previously held teaching positions at Lawrence University, Bennington College, and at The Walden School’s Young Musicians Program. In 2022, Williams began an appointment as assistant professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.
Works for Winds
- Dodekatheon Sketches (2012)
- love words (2022)
- Lux (2002)
- Lux Aeterna (2013/2021)
- Variations on "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (2010)
- Evan Williams website Accessed 31 January 2017
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 512.
- McDowell, Peter. "Conversations with Composers: Christen Taylor Holmes and Evan Williams". Peter McDowell Arts Consulting, 25 April 2022. Web. – Accessed 31 May 2022