Dr. Carol WilliamsArtistic Director, Spreckels Organ Society - San Diego, CA
Carol Williams – “ America’s Sweet-Heart Concert Organist ”
"I want to bring the organ to new audiences and, with my performances, make people feel good."
Education: D.M.A., ARAM, Dip Ram, AD (Yale), FRCO, FTCL, ARCM
British born, Carol was raised in a Welsh family with many musical influence. She began private lessons at age five and could read music before she could read English and began performing recitals at age 8. Carol’s formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in organ performing as a student of David Sanger and obtained the Academy’s prestigious Recital Diploma together with an LRAM (organ) and an LRAM (piano). She was awarded all the major prizes for organ performing and, during her studies; she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London plus an Associate of the Royal College of Music. Carol has also studied with Daniel Roth, the Organist at the Church of St. Sulpice, Paris where the famous Charles-Marie Widor was organist for sixty-three years. Moving to the USA, Carol undertook postgraduate study at Yale University under the direction of Professor Thomas Murray where she was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma together with the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. Then to New York City where she became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Long Island’s Garden City and undertook Doctoral study under Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. degree.
Carol’s performances have taken her all over the world at popular venues such as in Paris at St. Sulpice & Notre Dame; in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall & First Congregational Church; in NYC at Riverside Church & St. Patrick’s Cathedral; at Yale University in Woolsey Hall; at Harvard University at the Memorial Chapel; in Washington DC at the Washington National Cathedral; in the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey & St. Paul’s Cathedral; King’s College, Cambridge; Queen’s College, Oxford; and Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Carol has also given numerous concerts in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Monaco, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, China and Russia. En route, Carol has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her contribution to music. A regular broadcaster in the UK, America, and around the world she has performed with a number of leading orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra as the inaugural recitalist on the newly-installed Austin organ in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall. Carol has been interviewed "live" on many radio programs, in which she has highlighted her profound love of the King of Instruments, and is featured in the national-awareness video "Pulling out all the Stops" when she was filmed in concert at St. Thomas’ Church in New York’s Fifth Avenue. Carol was privileged to take part in the Virgil Fox Memorial Concert held at New York’s Riverside Church released as a double-CD by Gothic Records.
-Civic Organist of the City of San Diego, CA (2001 first woman appointed Civic Organist).
-Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society (presenting summer organ concert series).
-Organist in Residence, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego, CA
-President of the North & Midlands School of Music, United Kingdom.
-Host “TourBus” video series featuring the great and small, famous and unique pipe organs of the world.
Carol donates several performances a year raising funds and awareness for various charitable organizations.
Carol gives a new spin to the classical organ concert with her programs of great genre diversity and
her special charismatic character and humor.
Audiences receive Carols’ live performances with “rock star” enthusiasm.
Carol’s Christmas MCTCD021 (CD)
House of Scotland RMCD1220 (CD)
Carol Williams Plays – Volume 2, Madness! MCTCD02 (CD)
Carol Williams Plays MCTCD019 (CD)
Mainly French MCTCD018 (CD)
Hey Wurlitzer MCTCD016 (CD)
Maid in China MCTCD015 (CD)
Wurlitzer Plus! MCTCD014 (CD)
Orchestral! MCTCD013 (CD)
Tour de Force MCTCD012 (CD)
Classic Power MCTCD011 (CD)
Just Rags MCTCD007 (CD)
Hammond Today MCTCD002 (CD)
Carol Williams’ Collection MCTCD (CD)
Sunday at 2 (CD) Blenheim Palace (CD) Oxford Town Hall (CD) Film: Blenheim Palace – A Musical Tour Valentine Music OSV 507 (VHS)
Organ Showcase – VHS Videotape Valentine Music OSV-508 (VHS)
TourBus 1 to the King of Instruments MCTDVD001 (DVD)
TourBus 2 goes to Methuen MCTDVD002 (DVD)
TourBus 3 goes to Spreckels MCTDVD003 (DVD)
TourBus 4 goes to Paris MCTDVD004 (DVD)
TourBus 5 goes to Luxembourg MCTDVD005 (DVD)
TourBus 6 goes to Ocean Grove MCTDVD006 (DVD)
TourBus 7 goes to Disney Hall MCTDVD007 (DVD)
TourBus 8 goes Celtic MCTDVD008 (DVD)
TourBus 9 First Congregational Church Los Angeles MCTDVD009 (DVD)
TourBus 10 St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego MCTDVD010 (DVD)
Videos on YouTube:
Carol hosts TourBus to the King of Instruments
A performer and composer but also Carol is host of “TourBus”, a video series about the large & small, famous & unique pipe organs of the world, its music, people and places.
Get the full video at http://www.melcot.com/recordings.html
Twilight by Carol Williams
Twilight performed and composed by Carol Williams on the Disney Concert Hall Organ.
Available at http://www.melcot.com/recordings.html