Brevard Symphonic Winds
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
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DR. KRAIG ALAN WILLIAMS, conductor
Director, Brevard Symphonic Winds
Dr. Kraig Alan Williams is currently the Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of the Wind Studies Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. His duties include the artistic guidance of the GRAMMY-nominated Rutgers Wind Ensemble and administration of all aspects of a large, dynamic, and comprehensive university band program. Other responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting and the mentoring of master’s and doctoral students in Wind Studies.
Maintaining an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer, Williams has appeared in those capacities in more than 15 states and with such prominent ensembles as the Dallas Wind Symphony and The United States Air Force Band. Williams has conducted performances in Graz, Budapest, Malta, Marktoberdorf, and Prague. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, conducted live radio broadcasts on NPR, and has recorded for Mark Records, Albany Records, and ADK in Prague, Czech Republic.
Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Williams served as the Director of Bands at University of Memphis (2003-2011); conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony and director of the Duke in Vienna program (1997-2000); director of bands and chamber ensembles at California State University, Los Angeles (1993-1996); assistant conductor of Southern California Inland Empire Symphony and Los Angeles Solo Repertoire Orchestra in Burbank, and Music Director of the Lake Elsinore Civic Light Opera (1990-1993).
Williams received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Jerry F. Junkin. He received a Master of Music degree in performance from California State University, Northridge. Williams is a member of CBDNA, TMEA, and is a sponsor and honorary member of the Memphis chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Williams joined the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center in 2001 and was named Director of Band Activities in 2008. He has regularly achieved critical acclaim for his work with the Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds.
DAVID SPENCER, trumpet
Associate Professor at the University of Memphis, enjoys a diverse professional career in orchestral, chamber music, and jazz/commercial idioms worldwide. Dr. Spencer has appeared on numerous classical, film, and popular music recordings in Korea, Japan, and the United States. He has served as Principal Trumpet with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and the Sinfonica de Asturias in Spain, which included concert and television performances with tenor Luciano Pavarotti. As a jazz musician, Dr. Spencer has performed with numerous jazz artists, including Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, James Moody, and Marvin Stamm. While at the University of North Texas, he was a member of the GRAMMY-winning One O'clock Lab Band. Equally active as a clinician, he has presented master classes in New York, Dallas, Cleveland, Istanbul, Scotland, Italy, and Asia. In addition to trumpet performance, Dr. Spencer also specializes in conducting and repertoire, having studied with Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, Dennis Fischer, and Eddie Smith. David Spencer serves on the board of directors for the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and was recently named Employment Editor for the International Trumpet Guild.