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Julilus Penson Williams
African American composer, conductor, educator, recording artist, author and artistic director
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Julius P. Williams

Composer and conductor Julius Williams remembers his childhood in Harlem and Queens, New York. He discusses his parents, grandmother, grade school. He also talks about working as a young man at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, where his grandmother had taken him as a boy. Julius Williams recalls his youth in Queens, New York, where he learned music by playing his uncle's piano, taking lessons and playing at church and went on to Andrew Jackson High School of Music and Art, a summer program at Manhattan School of Music, and four years at Lehman College's Hartt School of Music in the Bronx.

A prolific composer, Maestro Williams has created dozens of works for virtually every genre of contemporary classical performance, including opera, ballet, orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus and solo voice, dance, musical theatre and film.