Dr. James Williams

Professor Emeritus of Keyboard Studies

James Williams was Professor of Piano at Baylor University where he began this career in 1973. He completed forty years of service at Baylor prior to his retirement in May 2014. Dr. Williams served as Director of the Keyboard Studies Division in the School of Music from 1994 to 2012, having previously coordinated the college program in secondary piano. New programs of study that were developed and implemented under his leadership as Keyboard Division Director included the Master of Music degree with a major in Collaborative Piano and the Advanced Performers Certificates in Piano and Organ.

Dr. Williams’ teaching was in the areas of undergraduate and graduate piano and piano pedagogy. Some of his most recent students have completed or are currently pursuing graduate degrees or performance diplomas at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Oklahoma, and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp, Belgium.

Dr. Williams has been active in his profession as a recitalist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Texas and the region. In retirement, he continues to be in demand as an adjudicator for piano solo and concerto contests and festivals, including events for Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, University Interscholastic league, and local music teachers associations.

A native of Georgia, Dr. Williams completed the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati. As winner of the school’s concerto competition, he performed as soloist with the University of Cincinnati Philharmonic Orchestra. His piano study was with Raymond Dudley, John Bigg, and Loren Withers. Prior to his faculty appointment at Baylor University in 1973, Dr. Williams completed a year of post-graduate study with Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.