Ronald J. Williams is an active musician who enjoys producing music as both a composer and a director. He is the recipient of the Broomfield Community Foundation’s 2008 Heart of Broomfield Award for his contribution to the arts.
Williams began playing the piano at the age of four and the cello at the age of thirteen. A native of Florida, he received a Masters Degree in Composition from the University of Colorado, studying composition with Richard Toensing and Louis Gonzales. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition, Summa cum laude, from Stetson University where he studied composition with Paul Langston.
Williams has had a burning desire to write music his entire life. He was in constant trouble with his piano teachers for either embellishing the music they assigned or just playing his own and ignoring their assignments. At thirteen, he won a composition contest for the Tallahassee Children’s Choir and his work was subsequently performed by the choir.
Williams’ most recent commission, Turtle Dove Done Drooped His Wings, was performed by the Sine Nomine Choir in Denver. His popular Christmas anthems, The Stable Choir and Sing Noel, were performed in concert by the Colorado Mormon Chorale. His sacred octavos have been performed by churches around the country.
Currently, Mr. Williams’ compositions include over 30 sacred choral octavos, 150 hymn arrangements for small wind ensemble, a solo piano collection, and various works for string orchestra, double brass choir and orchestra. Compositionally, Mr. Williams combines his training and background as a pianist, cellist and choral director to create works that bear his unique style. His music is published through Aspen Creek Music Publishing, LLC.
Williams has recorded and produced two CDs, From My Heart, Vol. 1 – Songs Without Words, and From My Heart, Vol. II, The Christmas Collection. Several of his works, including Nightwinds, have been included in the acclaimed compact disc series, “Masterworks of the New Era,” produced by ERMMedia (www.ermmedia.org). His music is published through Aspen Creek Music Publishing, LLC.
“As a conductor, I run across a lot of scores that have, quote – ‘something to say’ – end quote. Ron Williams is the real thing. Nightwinds is intelligently written and – more to the point – musical. It is a work I’m delighted to conduct and record.”
— Robert Ian Winstin, Conductor/Composer
Williams was invited to attend the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he studied composition with Alvin Singleton, former composer-in-residence for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Williams also holds a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. He is a past board member of the Colorado chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Williams is currently enjoying his 32nd year as a choral director, having conducted the Fauré Requiem in New York City’s Carnegie Hall on June 11, 2007. He currently conducts the Colorado Repertory Singers, the Northland Chorale, Sine Nomine and the Broomfield Choral Festival. In additional to his weekly choral commitments, he has produced and conducted numerous feature concerts in the Denver metro area. He is a popular choral clinician and maintains a small piano and voice studio. He has taught music on both collegiate and elementary school levels. He is a lifelong pianist, is proficient on all types of keyboards, has orchestral experience as a cellist, and enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments.
Mr. Williams resides in Westminster, Colorado, with his wife, Joan, and their cat Ossie.