Patrick Williams (composer)

Patrick Williams
Birth namePatrick Moody Williams
Born(1939-04-23)April 23, 1939
Bonne Terre, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJuly 25, 2018(2018-07-25) (aged 79)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresFilm score, easy listening, big band
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, conductor
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1960s–2018

Patrick Moody Williams (April 23, 1939 – July 25, 2018) was an Oscar-nominated American composer, arranger, and conductor who worked in many genres of music, and in film and television.

Biography

Born in Missouri, Williams grew up in Connecticut and received a degree in history from Duke University, where he directed the student-run jazz big band, known as the Duke Ambassadors, from 1959 to 1961. Since music was always his first love, he went on to Columbia University to study music composition and conducting, where his passion became his profession. He quickly became busy as an arranger in New York; he moved to California in 1968 to pursue work in the movie and television field while continuing to write and arrange jazz albums.

Williams was also a leader in the music-education field for many years. He served as the Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute — one of the nation's premier training programs for young musicians seeking professional careers in music — for five years. He was Visiting Professor and Composer-in-Residence at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. He also held an honorary doctorate from Duke University and performed and/or lectured at such other institutions as the Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, Texas Christian University, UCLA, USC, and Yale University.