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 members of 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. He has been commissioned by notable performers and ensembles including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, the V3NTO Brass Trio, the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, Patchwork Duo, and a consortium led by Andy Hall for his baritone saxophone concerto Wild Velvet. He has also received readings by the JACK Quartet, Oasis Saxophone Quartet, and Toledo Symphony Orchestra, among others. His work can be found on recordings by The Namaste Ensemble's "No Borders Quartet" and Levels.
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. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, 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. There, 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 (Bowling Green, OH), and a Bachelor's from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI). 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 Larson, Evan Chambers, Stacy Garrop, Dan Visconti, and others. He currently serves on the faculty for the Walden School’s Young Musicians Program, a summer camp and festival for gifted 9 to 18 year olds in New Hampshire. He is also the Composer Intern at Bennington College.
• Hometown: Matteson, IL
• Current City: Bennington, VT
• Teaches at Bennington College
• Publishing Company:
Evan Williams Music (ASCAP)
University of Cincinnati (D.M.A.)
Bowling Green State University (M.M.)
Lawrence University (B.Mus.)