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Avid Williams

Location: New York, USA
Currently, Mr. Williams is the appointed voice teacher and choral conductor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In this position, he leads three choral ensembles and teaches complimentary courses including solo voice, music theory, and musicianship. In recent years, Mr. Williams has been the appointed music teacher at Harriet Tubman Charter School Junior Academy, served as the Interim director of Vocal/Choral Studies at Edgemont Jr./Sr/ High School in Sacarsdale, NY, and the former director of Vocal/Choral Studies at Brooklyn High School of the Arts. In his latter position, he oversaw four choirs; The Performing Choir, The Concert Choir, The Chorale Women, and Chorus 101. Mr. Williams is a Tenor and native of New York, where he has been recognized for the classiness and beauty of his singing and the ease and naturalness of his acting, bringing highly meaningful performances to both lead and supporting tenor roles in a variety of repertoire. Upon graduating from The Boys Choir of Harlem, Mr. Williams received a Fellowship to study at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. This was followed by his participation in Masterclasses and Concerts hosted by Sylvia Olden Lee and Williams Warfield at the National Association of Negro Musicians Annual Convent...ion. In which would become a stellar year, Williams returned to the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998, performing and studying within The Phyllis Curtin Seminar for Singers. As a rising professional of the operatic stage, he made his Orchestral debut as Abdallo in Nabucco by G. Verdi with The Queens College Choral Society and Orchestra; Dr. Lawrence Eisman. Mr. Williams has performed orchestral works such as The Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings by Benjamin Britten with The Queens Philharmonic. He was also a featured artist at the Nadia Boulanger International Conference and Symposium, held on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder. In the midst of his performing schedule, Williams found time to record the world premiere recording of Psalm by John Magnussen. The piece was commissioned by the Jose Limon Dance Company for their performance at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Williams has also been a featured Soloist of the Annual World Aids Day Commemoration sponsored by the Region II of the regional Director; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His performances had included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, The Little Orchestra Society, Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Bronx Opera, in their production of La Boheme; and The Regina Opera Company in productions of La Traviata by G. Verdi and Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart. Mr. Williams being the gifted musician he is, recently served as the Principal Conductor for the famed Riverside Church of New York City Choir Opera Gala. He has recently returned from a season with the Delaware Valley Opera and Tour of Northern Italy as the soloist with the Pacific Boychoir Academy, where performances included eleven concerts plus Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, burial ground of St. Francis of Assisi, and the Soave Cathedral. Mr. Williams has performed concert repertoire with the West Village Chorale, Queens College Chorale, and the Magnificat with the Brooklyn College Chorale to name a few. While he is equally at home on the concert and operatic stage, Mr. Williams has served as the Vocal Coach/Accompanist for the NAACP ACT-SO National Competition. Mr. Williams is an active board member of the Schomburg Library Corporation. Mr. Williams has served on several faculties including Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center and the Hetrick Martin Harvey Milk High School. A champion of New Music, For his love of new music, Mr. Williams was requested to performed as the Tenor Soloist in the World Premiere of Sopra il Ritratto di una Bella Donna; Scolpito nel Monumento Sepolcrale della Medesima by Micheal Vassall and the world premiere of Lisa Hogan’s work, A Woman’s form. Recently, Mr. Williams recently made his role debut as Samson in Samson et Delilah with Opera at the Advent. At 6’2”, Williams possesses something from all virtues of operatic vocal types, beautiful timbre, strength in the dramatic outburst, and energy to shape the psychological foundation of his figure.

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