Sidney Williams

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Phone: 480-472-2827

My teaching career in Mesa Public Schools began many years ago and has been spent at Johnson, Irving, and Ishikawa Elementary Schools, Taylor and Stapley Junior High Schools, and the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies.  I've taught orchestra and French, and for the past several years have been a part-time administrator at Stapley Jr. High.  This year I will be teaching the Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras at Mesa Academy, and I will also continue in an administrative capacity as Team Leader at Stapley. 

I grew up in Flagstaff where I started playing the viola in 4th grade.  I wanted to play the cello but my parents said they were too expensive to rent, so I used the brand new viola the school loaned me.  I had been taking piano lessons since 3rd grade, so reading music wasn't new to me.  I'll skip ahead to college, where I was the only viola major (not the only player, though), and recruited to play with every group or for every recital which required a violist; needless to say, I got a lot of playing experience.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from NAU, a Master's in Viola Performance from ASU, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision, also from ASU.

I perform professionally around the valley and in the state.  In addition to playing for lots of weddings, receptions, and parties, I am frequently called to play for entertainers and shows that come to the valley.  I've performed with Andrea Bocelli, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Clay Aiken, Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bob Hope, George Burns, Bernadette Peters, Kenny Rogers, Page and Plant, and so many others that I've honestly lost track.  I've also played for touring shows in the Gammage Broadway series, including Camelot, The Color Purple, My Fair Lady, The Lion King, Little House on the PrairieEvita, Porgy and Bess, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera, If/Then, Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and The King and I.  Finally, I sub with the Phoenix Symphony and usually perform with them several times each year.

Intermediate and Advanced Orchestra Students:

If you're planning to attend any of the following performances, come to the pit/stage before the concert or during intermission, make eye contact with me, and you will be exempt from the Concert Report requirement for the semester:

 

The Nutcracker (Ballet Arizona with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall)

     Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
     Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
     Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.
     Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.
     Sunday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, December 19 at 6:35 p.m.
     Thursday, December 20 at 7:05 p.m.
     Friday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m.
     Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m.
     Sunday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m.
     Sunday, December 23 at 5:30 p.m.
     Monday, December 24 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

     Wednesday, December 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Prescott Valley Event Center, Prescott Valley)
     Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. (ASU Gammage Auditorium, Tempe)

 

Blockbuster Scores: Music from TV and Film (The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall)

     Friday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m.
     Sunday, December 30 at 2:00 p.m.


New Year's Eve Celebration (The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall)

     Monday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert (with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall)

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while your Phoenix Symphony performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.
This film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

     Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
     Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
     Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Broadway Celebration (The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall)

     Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m.
     Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.