Carol Williams (organist)

Carol Williams (organist)
Dr. Carol Williams
Background information
Great Britain
Occupation(s)Organist, composer

Carol Anne Williams D.M.A., ARAM, FRCO, FTCL, ARCM (born 1962) is a British-born international concert organist and composer, now living in America. She served from October 2001 and resigned her post in October 2016[1][2][3] as Civic Organist for the city of San Diego, California, performing regularly at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.[4][5] She was concurrently serving as the Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society;[6] producing the largest organ festival in North America since 2001. Formerly the Artist in Residence at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego;.[7] Awarded the title of San Diego Civic Organist Emerita, Carol now resides in Lynchburg Virginia and is the concert organist and instructor of organ at Randolph College. She is the host of TourBus, a pipe organ documentary series,[8] as well as her YouTube series On The Bench with Dr. Carol.

Carol Williams performing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at the West Point Cadet Chapel.

Early life and education

Williams was born in Great Britain in a Welsh family with musical influences. She began private lessons at age five and was able to read music before she reading English. Her formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in the organ, performing as a student of David Sanger. She obtained the Academy's prestigious Recital Diploma, together with the LRAM for both organ and piano. She was awarded all the major prizes for organ performing and, during her studies, she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London, as well as an Associate of the Royal College of Music.

Williams has also studied with Daniel Roth, the Organist at the Church of St. Sulpice, Paris. Moving to the United States, Williams undertook postgraduate study at Yale University [9] under the direction of Thomas Murray. She was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma (AD) together with the Charles Ives Prize for outstanding achievement. She then relocated to New York City where she became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island's Garden City. She undertook doctoral study under McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Helen Cohn award for her Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree.[10]

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