Faculty & Staff

Brandon Williams
(he/him/his)
Assistant Professor, Choral Studies, Music Education, Conducting
Conductor, Rutgers Voorhees Choir
Music
Degrees & Accomplishments
DMA in Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
MME, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
BA in Music Education, Western Illinois University
Artist Teacher Diploma, Choral Music Experience–Institute for Choral Teacher Education
Early Career Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice
Topics of Expertise
K-12 vocal music education
Conducting and pedagogy
Middle level music instruction
Biography

Brandon Williams is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Choral Music Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He conducts the Rutgers Voorhees Choir (Carnegie Hall 2019, Eastern ACDA 2020) and teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to choral music education. Dr. Williams also appears internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, and presenter.

Dr. Williams amassed a decade of middle and high school teaching experience in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also served on the voice faculty at Maryville University and as a conductor with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus and the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. His school ensembles received invitations to perform at the 2010 and 2013 Missouri Music Educators Association conventions, and his middle school ensemble was featured on GIA’s DVD entitled “How to Make a Good Choir Sound Great!” Dr. Williams has been awarded the 2009 Missouri Choral Directors Association Prelude Award for excellence in choral music, an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia Honors College, and the 2020-21 Rutgers Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovations.

Dr. Williams holds degrees from Western Illinois University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Michigan State University, where he earned the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship Award. He also completed an Artist Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience–Institute for Choral Teacher Education. In addition to his articles in the Choral Journal and the Music Educators Journal, Dr. Williams is the editor of Choral Reflections—a collection of interviews with 30 leading conductor-teachers. He has numerous choral compositions and arrangements published with Hal Leonard, G. Schirmer, Mark Foster, and Colla Voce. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the National Association for Music Education.