Kenneth Williams, PhD
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
2445 San Diego Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Kenneth Williams, a native of Florida, is a member of the Instrumental Music faculty of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He holds a BA in music education and an MA in conducting from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in music education from the Florida State University.
Dr. Williams is in his 45th year as a teacher of music. He has conducted both bands and orchestras at the middle school, high school, university, and professional level. Over the years he has served on the faculties of Booker School, Sarasota High School, and the Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center all in Sarasota, Florida. He conducted both bands and orchestras at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, and was a member of the conducting faculty of the LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville. During his tenure with Duval County Public Schools he has served as Director of Fine Arts and as the Instrumental Music Specialist for the district. Dr. Williams also taught at the Florida State College at Manatee, the Tallahassee Community College, the Florida State University and, more recently, the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he served as Chair of Music Education and conductor of the UTSA Symphonic Band. Along the way, he filled the post of Associate Conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, and as Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cannon Music Camp Orchestra of Appalachian State University.
Dr. Williams is a Past President of the Florida School Music Association (FSMA) and presently serves the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) as President. He is a member of the FMEA Government Relations Committee and is a longstanding member of the Florida Bandmasters Association’s (FBA) Concert Music Committee, and for many years led the retraining of veteran adjudicators for the FBA Adjudication Training Program. He has often had the privilege of serving as concert adjudicator and clinician at the State Music Performance Assessment (MPA) of both the Florida Bandmasters Association and the Florida Orchestra Association. He has served as both guest conductor and clinic presenter at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago and has twice conducted a Florida All State Band. Articles by Dr. Williams can be found in the Florida Music Director magazine, the Glaesel/Selmer News Letter, the Band World magazine, the National Band Association Journal, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Williams holds membership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association (NBA), the Florida Music Education Association, the Florida Music Supervisors Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Orchestra Association. He is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.
In November of 2016 the FBA honored Dr. Williams by inducting him into the Florida Bandmasters Association Roll of Distinction as part of the FBA Hall of Fame celebration at Stetson University.