Gregory K. Williams (Class of 2002) is a leading violist, conductor, pedagogue and scholar. Currently the principal violist of the Berkshire Opera Festival, and assistant principal violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, he is the founding violist with “Rhymes With Opera,” and performs regularly with the Long Island-based “Red Door Chamber Players.” He has also performed with the Albany Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Symphony in C, the Syracuse Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. His recent performances include solo recitals in the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic. In June 2018, he will be performing Günter Raphael’s Duo for Viola and Cello with his wife, cellist Diana Golden, during the American Viola Society’s Bi-Annual Festival at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California.
As a conductor and orchestral coach, Maestro Williams has worked with several student ensembles, including the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (Long Island), Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted at the Southampton String Festival and the LIU-Post Summer Music Festival, the Saratoga-Warren County Music Educators Association All County Orchestra (Grades 8-9) and currently conducts the Queens College String Ensemble.
Awarded the Associated Music Teacher’s League Award in 2014, Mr. Williams has been on the adjunct faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College since 2012. In this role, he teaches viola and has taught Upper String Methods, Dictation 2, Piano for Vocalists and Chamber Music. He directed the String Orchestra at Saint Francis Preparatory School and the Beginner String Program at P.S. 115 in Queens. He also taught viola and violin at Kellenberg Memorial High School, the Ross School, the Long Island School for the Arts (Mastic Beach), and the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs. He has taught several private students in the William Floyd community.
Greg Williams will be receiving his Doctorate in Viola Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center in May 2018. Previously, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from Boston University in 2006, and his Master’s Degree in Viola Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2008.
From 2004 to 2010 he organized seven annual William Floyd Music Alumni concerts, generating scholarship money for William Floyd graduates who majored in music. Working with his parents, Jeffrey and Louise Williams, and several members of the William Floyd community through Kara’s Hope Foundation (a non-profit organization founded in memory of his younger sister, Kara Williams), Greg was instrumental in helping to organize recitals and the Kara’s Hope 5K Runs and Walks at Southaven Park. These events raised several thousand dollars in scholarships to support students in the William Floyd community.