Wayne State College

Guest Recital at WSC Reveres Women Composers

Published Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Dr. Nancy Williams gives a clarinet recital Feb. 14 in Ley Theatre.

Nancy WilliamsProfessional musician Dr. Nancy Williams of Rapid City, S.D., presents a guest clarinet recital Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Wayne State College. The 7:30 p.m. concert takes place in Ley Theatre. Piano accompaniment is provided by Mrs. Shelly Armstrong, WSC collaborative pianist.

This event is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, go to www.wsc.edu/watch-live. The program will be accessible by selecting the event from the Music Events list at www.wsc.edu/music.

Williams’ performance features musical scores written by women composers throughout history. Her goal is to celebrate and expose audiences to the extraordinary women who wrote these well-crafted, but often hard to find pieces.

Concert repertoire includes compositions by the first-known professional woman clarinetist and the first woman’s composition selected for the Paris Conservatory competition. Williams also shares her original composition, “Unequivocal,” and repertoire for her performance at the 2023 International Music by Women Festival.

Williams is a freelance musician, educator, author, and composer. She received her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.; bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.; and master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Williams has held faculty positions at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa; Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa; and Sioux Falls College in South Dakota. Her performance roster includes festivals, chamber ensembles, big bands, orchestras, and symphonies, as well as with the Temptations and Four Tops.

For more information, contact the WSC Department of Music at 402-375-7359.