from the Lone Star State
who attended the Interlochen
Center for the Arts, the Peabody
and Temple University, where he studied under
He joined the
Florida Symphony Orchestra in 1982 and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in
with whom he has worked include the Annapolis Symphony, the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Collage New Music, the Empire Brass
Quintet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pursuance, the Riverside Symphony, the
Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and the Springfield Symphony.
In 1993, the
Boston Pops and John Williams went on a tour of Japan.
bassist Joseph Conyers, violinist Gillian Clements and violist Joanne Wojtowicz participated in the BSO’s
prelude concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall on 12th August 2000.
August 2001, he and other members of the BSO were joined by Dawn Upshaw at
Ozawa Hall for “Folk Songs” by Luciano
Berio, “Hungarian Folk-Song Settings”
by Bela Bartok, songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
by Gustav Mahler, and “Songs with Piano” by Charles Ives.
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was the guest vocalist when the BSO performed
“Neruda Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra” by Peter Lieberson at Verizon Hall on 10th March
2006. Also on the program were “Symphony
No. 7 in A, Op. 92” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Three Illusions”
by Elliott Carter, and “Till Eulenspiegel’s
Merry Pranks, Op. 28” by Richard Strauss.
July 2011, the Boston Pops teamed up with James Taylor and John Williams
for an eclectic concert that featured highlights from the soundtrack of Catch Me If You Can: William performed the vibraphone,
Dan Higgins was on alto saxophone, and Mike Valerio
offered up Bartok’s “Sonata for Two Pianos, Percussion and
Orchestra” at Symphony Hall in October 2011. William, Timothy and Everett Firth
comprised the percussion section, with Randall Hodgkinson
and Benjamin Pasternak at the keys.
2012, the BSO interpreted Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the
Common Man”, Richard Strauss’s “Serenade in E flat, Op. 7”,
Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of
Spring, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade
for Strings” and Henri Tomasi’s “Good
Friday Procession” from Fanfares
which he appears include America,
American Visions, The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, My Favorite Things: A
Richard Rodgers Celebration and A
Splash of Pops by the Boston Pops, and The Glory of Gabrieli by the Empire
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music