‘Berg bringing guest organist to Trinity UCC for recital

Jan 30, 2014

The Heidelberg University School of Music will host an organ recital by Anthony Williams at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Trinity UCC.

Williams currently serves as associate professor of music and university organist at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where he teaches courses in organ, music history, American and African-American music. He began his teaching career Fish and also spent 15 years teaching at Dillard University in New Orleans. As a church musician, Williams has held positions in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Louisiana and currently serves as organist and choir director at First Presbyterian church in Hendersonville, Tenn. He has given organ performances at various churches and schools across the U.S., as well as at festivals and in Europe and Central America.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his master’s degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the American Conservatory of Music.

For his Heidelberg appearance, Williams’ repertoire will include selections from composers such as J.S. Bach, Joseph Jongen, Louis Vierne, Mark Fax, Ralph Simpson and Florence Price.

In addition to his guest recital, Williams will give a master class at Christ Presbyterian Church in Toledo at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The master class, a lecture and the recital are jointly sponsored by the School of Music, the Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Trinity UCC.

The concert is free and open to the public.