Julius Williams

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Career Highlights


  • Music director, Trilogy and Opera Company
  • Cover conductor, Boston Pops
  • Conducting appearances with the orchestras of Dallas, Buffalo, Hartford, Akron, New Haven, Vermont, New Jersey, Oakland, Sacramento, Knoxville, Norwalk, Washington, Savannah, Color of Music Orchestra, Paducah, Oklahoma, and Dubrovnik; the Brno State Philharmonic; the Bohulav Martinu Philharmonic; the Prague Radio Symphony; the Dvorak Symphony; Moscow Conservatory Orchestra; Principal Military Orchestra of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation; the Oberlin Conservatory Opera; and Cleveland Opera Theater, Inner City Lost Angeles Youth Orchestra, Monteux School and Music Festival
  • Immediate past president, International Conductors Guild
  • Cochair, Conductors Constituency League of American Orchestras
  • Former artistic director, NYSSSA Chorus and Orchestra Program, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York
  • Compositions published by Loren Kaiser, Augsburg Fortress, Carl Fischer, Warner Brothers, and Alfred
  • Compositions performed by New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, and many orchestras nationally and internationally
  • Recordings on Albany, Centaur, Koch, Roven, and Videmus records
  • Clinician adjudicator, Fulbright, National Endowment, and State Arts Councils
  • Laureate music director, Washington Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.
  • Aspen Professional Fellowship
  • Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship
  • Guest curator, Sirius XM Radio
  • Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of the Year (2022-2023)
  • Recipient of the Dupont Scholar Award
  • Annual American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards
  • Astral Foundation Award
  • New York State Education in the Arts Award
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Medal of Artistic Achievement from the Ecuador Youth Symphony
  • Orchestra Foundation
  • D.A., Keene State College (honorary)
  • Aspen Professional Fellowship
  • Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship
In Their Own Words

“Here at Berklee, we have one of the strongest composition departments in the country. We’ve got over 37 composers on the faculty, and really 118 composers in the whole Writing Division. No other place has this many people who write music in one area. The attitude around here is laid-back, but serious at the same time, because most of the composers are very active, writing everything from performance works to film scores. And that’s what makes Berklee different. It’s a very exciting, creative atmosphere.”

“What’s great about our Writing Division is people can cross over; they can do projects in different departments. These composers are writing symphonies, string quartets, chamber works, orchestras, short works, piano pieces, choral pieces. It’s very exciting. And we’re conductors, so we get to see the pieces performed here.”

“One of the people at the Boston Symphony told me that Berklee composition students are the most well-rounded, because they can write in all styles, from pop to symphonic works. People are beginning to realize what a jewel this is.”