Michael Williams - Flutist
Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “sweet but potent birdsong,” flutist Michael Williams can be heard on stages across the Front Range. Michael is Second Flute and Piccolo with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the newly appointed Principal Flute of the Boulder Symphony. He performed as Second Flute with the Colorado Symphony for the 2017-2018 season. Michael continues to perform with the Colorado Symphony as a frequent substitute as well as with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Ballet Orchestra, including performances as guest principal. He has performed with the Wyoming Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Island City Opera, and Opera Parallel. Michael was an orchestral fellow with the National Orchestral Institute, a featured artist for three seasons with the Switchboard New Music Festival in San Francisco, and has performed with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.
He is an active teacher in the Denver area and has an enthusiastic group of private students. Michael is a co-founder and co-director of the Mile High Flute Benders community flute choir and a Practicing Artist at his alma mater the Denver School of the Arts. In addition to teaching, Michael often performs with Englewood Arts Symphony Spotlight school presentations which introduces new audiences to the instruments of the orchestra. While a graduate student at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Michael was an Associate Instructor of Flute where he taught private flute lessons and led group technique classes for undergraduate performance majors. He holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Michael studied with Thomas Robertello, Tim Day, Catherine Payne, Alexa Still, and Catherine Peterson.
In addition to his performance activities Michael is an experienced fundraiser and arts administrator. He has held positions with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, A Child’s Song, Colorado Symphony, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet. Michael is currently and Advisory Member on the board of the Colorado Flute Association, having previously served terms as President and Vice President.