Anthony Williams is currently Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where he teaches organ and courses in Music History, including courses in American and African-American music. From 1990 to 2005 he was a member of the music faculty at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Williams began his teaching career at Fisk in the late 1980s where he served as Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers®, and was the youngest person in the history of this ensemble to hold that position. He returned to Fisk in the fall of 2005 as Visiting Artist in Residence following the evacuation from New Orleans, Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina. As a church musician, Dr. Williams has held church positions in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Louisiana and currently serves as Organist and Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Williams earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the American Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have included Robert Glasgow, Marilyn Mason, David Mulbury, Peter Fyfe and Paul Jordan. His dissertation, The Keyboard Music of John W. Work III will be published by Edwin Mellen Press.
Dr. Williams has performed in churches, colleges, and universities throughout the United States as well as in Central America and Europe, making his European debut in the summer of 1990 with a recital at the European International Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, he has served as a judge of several competitions including the Strader Organ Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, a competition he won in 1978. As a result, he was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a lecturer, Dr. Williams has presented lectures and master classes throughout the country on a wide variety of topics and has been a frequent lecturer for the New Orleans Piano Institute sponsored by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans held each summer at Loyola University in New Orleans. Dr. Williams has received numerous awards and honors and has been included in Who’s Who in America, Who's Who in Music, Who’s Who in American Education and American Keyboard Artists.