Michael Glenn Williams
Michael Glenn Williams composes for a wide range of musical styles and purposes, from prize winning contemporary classical symphonic concert music, concert choir, chamber and solo piano works to avant-garde electronic music, tonal and free atonal, Christian, Hebrew and popular songwriting, jazz and free jazz, television and film. His new jazz group "1 40 4 20" has released two albums: "Jazz Trespassers" and "Wet", to critical acclaim. His music and piano performance is featured on the recent movies "Wonderland" and "The Limey" from Universal Pictures.
As a columnist, his articles have appeared in Electronic Music Educator, Klavier and Computer Music Journal. Williams is well known in the computer industry as an expert in operating system design, system hardware design and computer chip functional design. He serves full time as the Chief Technical Architect for Nokia‘s Enterprise Systems division. He was the author of the music, MIDI sequencing, typesetting and printing program SuperScore, and consulted on the design of the original music font for general use "Sonata" with Adobe Systems. His name appears in two IEEE international computer standards, and he serves as officer in the current IEEE 802.21 standard.
He has served as director of contemporary music at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, and for the Rothstein conservative temple in Woodland Hills, CA. Additionally, he has been accompanist or organist for numerous churches, temples, colleges and master classes in Southern California. As an accomplished classical pianist, he twice won the Northridge Chamber Music award, and has premiered piano works written for him by composers such as Jeffery Cotton and Jeff Rona. He was recently guest artist at the first national conference of NACUSA in Kansas City, 2003.
In the last few years, Williams has composed Piano Concerto 1 (Princess Concerto), five musicals for children and youth; music for the television series "Chicago Hope"; scored scenes for movies such as "Wicker Park", "The Limey", "King of the Hill", "Younger and Younger", "House of Yes" and "Wonderland"; trios for the Nordio-Meloni-Prosseda Trio and the Westlake Chamber Ensemble; over sixty songs for use in Christian worship; over forty songs for his instrumental jazz group; a symphony and concert march for symphonic band; an orchestral tone poem; and numerous contemporary pieces for solo and duo piano. An album of his classical solo piano music was recorded in 2003 by Roberto Prosseda for AIX Media Group.
Williams taught music composition at UCLA extension. He studied composition and piano performance at California State University Northridge and at the Eastman School of Music, where he won the Howard Hanson Prize for orchestral composition. He is an active member of NACUSA (National Association of Composers USA http://www.music-usa.org/nacusa-la/), SCI (Society of Composers http://www.societyofcomposers.org/), AMC (American Music Center http://www.amc.net/) and CMS (College Music Society http://www.music.org/). He lives in Ventura County, California.
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