Michael Williams - Flutist
Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “sweet but potent birdsong,” Denver native Michael Williams was recently appointed as Second Flute/Piccolo with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and performed as Acting Second Flute with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season. Michael continues to play with Colorado Symphony as a frequent substitute as well as performances with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, and Lexington Philharmonic, including performances as guest principal. He has performed with Island City Opera and Opera Parallel in the Bay Area, and the Bloomington Chamber Singers in Indiana. Michael was an orchestral fellow with the National Orchestral Institute and a featured artist for three seasons with the Switchboard New Music Festival. He has been a member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Also passionate about teaching, Michael maintains a private studio in the Denver area, is a Practicing Artist at his alma mater the Denver School of the Arts, and often performs with the Englewood Arts Symphony Spotlight school presentations. 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 for non-majors 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. His main teachers include Thomas Robertello, Tim Day, Catherine Payne, Alexa Still, and Catherine Lum-Peterson.
In addition to his performance activities Michael is also an experienced fundraiser and arts administrator. He has held administrative positions with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, A Child’s Song and the Studio, Colorado Symphony, and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Michael is currently serving as Vice President of the Colorado Flute Association.
- Announcing the Mile High Piccolo Masterclass with Jeffery Zook! Detroit Symphony Piccoloist, Jeffery Zook, will be presenting a 3 day masterclass - August 16-18 - at the Highlands Center in Denver. Michael will be performing in recital with Mr. Zook on Saturday evening and is serving as the Class Coordinator. More info: www.jeffzook.com
- Michael was recently elected Vice President of the Colorado Flute Association! www.coloradoflute.org
- Mile High Flute Benders is gearing up for its second season. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 12! Come join us! milehighflutist.com.