Colin Williams

Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic

Colin Williams serves as the Associate Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, an appointment he’s held since 2014. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Principal Trombonist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for twelve seasons and with the San Antonio Symphony for three seasons. Mr. Williams’s warm personality, technical prowess, and musical sensitivity have made him a welcome addition in performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the New York City Ballet, and the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Williams is not only a passionate performer and versatile educator – he’s also an advocate for musician’s wellness. During his tenure with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he experienced a severe injury to his lip muscle, diagnosed as a tear in the orbicularis oris. This injury took him out of his performing career for nearly an entire season and resulted in years of lingering pain. This journey through injury, recovery, and mental health shapes his unique approach to teaching and playing the trombone. In 2018, Mr. Williams released his debut solo album Ash, embracing the crisis of injury and identity alongside his determination to return to the stage, to provide for his loved ones, and to transcend the barriers of language through music. Mr. Williams can be heard on the album Roadwork by the Atlanta Trombone Project, which was comprised of himself and then-members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Bill Thomas and George Curran – and was produced by Dr. Bradley Palmer of Columbus State University. This project would serve as the impetus for the first Southeast Trombone Symposium in 2010, which has since become an internationally acclaimed workshop and festival for hundreds trombonists of all ages. Artists of the STS would later release their ensemble album Legacy in 2016. Mr. Williams made his professional solo debut performing Arthur Pryor’s Blue Bells of Scotland in 2001. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orcestra, the Pershing’s Own United States Army Band, the United States Military Academy Band, the Georgia Brass Band, the Atlanta Wind Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the James Madison University Brass Band. He has also made solo appearances at the American Trombone Workshop and at the International Trombone Festival. An avid chamber performer, Mr. Williams has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and in the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan. He has also appeared with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Mr. Williams’s teachers include Mr. Douglas Wright of the Minnesota Orchestra, Mr. David Finlayson of the New York Philharmonic, and Mr. Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. He currently resides in River Edge, New Jersey with his wife Nikki Abissi – trombonist, educator, and founder of Extendabone – along with their sons Christopher and Alex.

Colin is speaking at

ITF Artists Main Festival STS Youth Camp Youth Workshop
July 14, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Legacy Hall

Speakers

  • Joseph Alessi (Speaker) Principal Trombone Professor, New York Philharmonic, The Juillliard School
  • Alan Baer (Speaker) New York Philharmonic
  • David Finlayson (Speaker) teacher, Manhattan School of Music
  • Colin Williams (Speaker) Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
  • George Curran (Speaker) New York Philharmonic
ITF Artists Main Festival IWTC Mentorship Program STS Youth Camp Youth Workshop
July 14, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Legacy Hall

Speakers

  • Bradley Palmer (Speaker) ITA Executive Board Vice Chair, International Trombone Association
  • Nikki Abissi (Speaker) Trombone instructor, Montclair State University
  • James Albrecht (Speaker) Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Alan Baer (Speaker) New York Philharmonic
  • Noreen Baer (Speaker) Adjunct Professor of Trombone, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
  • Jessica Butler (Speaker) Southern Illinois University
  • Alan Carr (Speaker) Director of Brass Studies and Assistant Professor of Music, George Mason University
  • Justin Cook (Speaker) Manager, International Trombone Festival
  • George Curran (Speaker) New York Philharmonic
  • James Decker (Speaker) Associate Professor of Trombone, Texas Tech University
  • Doug Farwell (Speaker) Professor of Trombone, Valdosta State University
  • Jason Hausback (Speaker) Missouri State University
  • Brian Hecht (Speaker) Utility Trombone, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Eric Henson (Speaker) Augusta Symphony. Instructor of low brass, Newberry College
  • Bill Mann (Speaker) Georgia State University
  • Natalie Mannix (Speaker) Advisor to the ITA Executive Board, International Women's Brass Conference
  • Dunwoody Mirvil (Speaker) D. Mirvil Music, LLC.
  • Jim Nova (Speaker) Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Denson Paul Pollard (Speaker) Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
  • Jemmie Robertson (Speaker) Assistant Professor of Trombone, University of Florida
  • John Romero (Speaker) Principal Trombone, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Gary Shaw (Speaker) Millikin University
  • Mayumi Shimizu (Speaker)
  • James Sparrow (Speaker) Professor, Principle Trombone, Mars Hill University, Asheville Symphony
  • Sterling Tanner (Speaker) Lecturer of Trombone, The Ohio State University
  • Doug Warner (Speaker) Professor of Music and Director of Applied Studies in Music, Lee University
  • Jennifer Wharton (Speaker) Fearless Leader, Bonegasm
  • Colin Williams (Speaker) Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
  • Evan Williams (Speaker) Principal Trombone, Richmond Symphony
  • Steve Wilson (Speaker) Greenville (SC) Symphony
  • Ko Yamamoto (Speaker) Principal trombone , Seattle Symphony
  • Nathan Zgonc (Speaker) Atlanta Symphony
  • Jeremy Buckler (Speaker) Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Description

The Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Choir was founded by Dr. Bradley Palmer at the inaugural STS in 2010. The membership includes current and former STS faculty, along with a number of artist-teachers from around the country. The group performed at the 2013 and 2018 International Trombone Festivals, and is proud to be featured for the 50th anniversary edition of the ITF in partnership with the STS in 2021. The ensemble is featured on the Artists of the Southeast Trombone Symposium CD recording "Legacy" and can be seen on the STS YouTube channel.

ITF Artists Main Festival STS Youth Camp Youth Workshop
July 15, 2021
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Legacy Hall

Speaker

  • Colin Williams (Speaker) Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
Main Festival Composers Workshop STS Youth Camp Youth Workshop ITF Artists IWTC Mentorship Program
July 16, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Legacy Hall

Speakers

  • Joseph Alessi (Speaker) Principal Trombone Professor, New York Philharmonic, The Juillliard School
  • George Curran (Speaker) New York Philharmonic
  • Megumi Kanda (Performer) Principal Trombone, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Weston Sprott (Performer) 2nd Trombone; Dean of the Preparatory Division and Faculty, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Juilliard School
  • Colin Williams (Speaker) Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
  • Nathan Zgonc (Speaker) Atlanta Symphony
  • Paul Hostetter (Speaker) The Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities/Professor of Music, Columbus State University

Description

The ITF Orchestra under the direction of Paul Hostetter features Joseph Alessi, George Curran, Megumi Kanda, Weston Sprott, Colin Williams, and Nathan Zgonc as soloists. Alessi will perform the orchestral premier of "Adelante" by Jorge Machain. Megumi Kanda will play the orchestral premiere of Amy Mills' "Red Dragonfly" which she premiered with piano here at the 2013 Festival. Weston Sprott performs the orchestral premiere of "Red Sky" by Anthony Barfield. To close the program, STS Artists Colin Williams, Nathan Zgonc, and George Curran will perform the world premiere of a new three-trombone concerto by Steven Verhelst.

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Concert Program
Main Festival Composers Workshop
July 17, 2021
5:45 pm - 6:35 pm
Studio Theater

Speakers

  • Karen Marston (Speaker) Director, International Trombone Festival
  • Chris Van Hof (Speaker) Ball State University
  • Justin Cook (Speaker) Manager, International Trombone Festival
  • Deb Scott (Speaker) ITF Composers Workshop Director, Stephen F Austin State University, Professor of Trombone;
  • Colin Williams (Speaker) Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
  • Nathan Zgonc (Speaker) Atlanta Symphony
  • Justin Isenhour (Speaker) Associate Professor of Music, Winthrop University
  • Bill Haugeberg (Speaker) Assistant Professor , University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
  • Michelle Flowers (Speaker) Instructor of Trombone, Texas Woman's University
  • Russ Zokaites (Speaker) Morehead State University
  • Jose Leonardo Leon (Speaker) Bach Brass Artist , Florida Atlantic University, Applied Professor of Trombone
  • Justin Leach (Speaker) University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Austin Seybert (Speaker) Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Low Brass, West Virginia State University
  • Shane Stewart (Speaker) Rice University
  • Zachary Bell (Speaker) Baylor University
  • Emma Donkin (Speaker) Worship Arts Director, Portage Community Chapel
  • Taylor Helms (Speaker) Director of Operations, Ztunes Music
  • Kesem Ninio (Speaker)
  • Scott Hansen (Speaker) Graduate Assistant, School of Music: Sound Recording Technology, Stephen F. Austin State University

Description

The Composers Workshop is a special program at the ITF, the mission of which is to encourage the composition and performance of new works for trombone at the ITF, as well as to support the development of the composers who create music for our instrument.  Works were chosen through an adjudicated application process. 

This program features some of the composers who have been in residence this week (others can be heard on various programs throughout the ITF schedule).

The composers workshop is lead by Director, Dr. Deb Scott, Professor of Trombone at Stephen F Austin State University.  This years clinicians include Steven Verhelst (appearing virtually), Amy Riebs Mills, John Dickson, and James Kachulis.

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