Dr. Jessica Williams
Dr. Jessica Williams, Instructor
Jessica Williams is the Instructor of Percussion at Alabama State University. She teaches private, applied lessons, prepares music education majors in the percussion methods course, coaches the ASU Percussion Ensemble, and is the assistant director of the ASU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Williams has performed with the Grammy award-winning quartet, Third Coast Percussion in a production of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit at the Fayetteville Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has performed with other notable composers and ensembles, such as Ian Mulder, the Prizm Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN, and has also performed as a percussionist for the Little Mermaid and Newsies at the Desoto Family Theatre in Southaven, Mississippi. She collaborated with Dr. William Shaltis, Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Memphis, to have a performance of Inuksuit on April 22, 2018 at Shelby Farms in Memphis, TN.
Dr. Williams is a clinician throughout the southern United States. She has presented clinics at the University of Memphis Percussion Ensemble Festival, The American Percussion Seminar, and the Valley Percussion Festival. Notable performances at conferences include the Two Rivers Timpani Summit, the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy, and at the Tennessee Day of Percussion in Huntingdon, TN. She has also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as a competitor in their Marching Festival and the Alabama Music Education Association Conference inter-collegiate wind ensemble in Montgomery, AL.
Dr. Williams has worked with the Interlochen Summer Academy as their percussion coordinator. She currently serves as the secretary for the Alabama Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, which is the first all-female executive board in its history. She also serves as the secretary of the River Region Brass Band in Montgomery, AL, and the financial advisor for the Kappa Mu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, Inc. Dr. Williams currently performs with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Capitol Sounds Concert Band, and as a freelance musician throughout the southern United States.
Dr. Williams acquired her Doctorate in Percussion Performance with a cognate in Wind Conducting from the University of Memphis, where she is the first African-American female to hold a doctorate in percussion from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. She has received her Masters of Music Performance from the University of Florida and her Bachelors of Music Education and Bachelors of Music Performance from Alabama State University. Her teachers have included Dr. Greg Jackson, Dr. Kenneth Broadway, and Dr. William Shaltis.
Dr. Williams endorses Sabian Cymbals, Tama-Bergerault Percussion, and Innovative Percussion.