Mentors

Bill Williams

Musician, Educator and Performance Coach
  • Music
  • Performance art
  • Education

Throughout his career, Bill has been featured as principal trumpet and soloist in major orchestras and festivals throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.  He performed, toured, and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony as principal trumpet from 2004-2008.  From 2009-present, Bill has served as dean of musicians at the New World Symphony, a post-graduate orchestral academy in Miami Beach, Florida.  He has also served as project lead for a variety of collaborative interdisciplinary projects with leading institutions in the areas of music, art, and technology.

Bill served as artistic coordinator for the YouTube Symphony, collaborating with YTSO artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas and YouTube to conceptualize, create, and realize live performances of the world’s first orchestra sourced from online video submissions.  Following a highly regarded 2009 Carnegie Hall performance, the 2011 YouTube Symphony traveled to Sydney, Australia.  The week-long Sydney residency culminated in an orchestral program which was the most frequently watched streaming music concert in the history of YouTube with more than 33 million viewers worldwide.

A sought-after lecturer, Bill has been a featured speaker at numerous venues.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree (with the Performer’s Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music and the Master of Arts degree in psychology from the New School of Social Research.