In 2016, William joined the staff as the Music & Fine Arts Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. He is the head of FPC’s Music & Arts Institute which seeks to assist those who are less fortunate with private music instruction. William keeps an active studio and performs regular solo and chamber recitals in addition to performing in Worship services.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, William quickly discovered his passion for music through the public school system after being introduced to the violin in the sixth grade. He began private instruction with Karen McClarey and David Doke while participating in the Georgia All-State and Honor Orchestra programs each year. In High School, William joined the Georgia Youth Symphony for two seasons in which he served as concertmaster.
William holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Violin Performance. While in his undergraduate studies at Kennesaw State University, he was the concertmaster of the symphony orchestra, performed as a member of the Felix String Quartet, and traveled with the symphony on a three-concert tour of Beijing and Xi’an, China. While at KSU, he studied under the direction of Professor Helen Kim and performed in masterclasses led by world renowned violinists James Ehnes, Stefan Jackiw, and the Ying Quartet. William’s other achievements at KSU include competing as a finalist in the concerto competition, performing as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Chamber Singers, and with the University String Quartet at KSU’s Confucius Institute for the yearly international conference for SAUPO.
In 2012 William began his Master’s at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst under the direction of Professor Elizabeth Chang. In 2013 he was awarded a Teaching Assistantship in which he worked as an instructor for the non-Major violin students and greatly improved his teaching methods. He was invited to join the UMass Graduate String Quartet and participated in masterclasses led by the Chiara Quartet, Kathryn Lockwood, viola, Toby Appel, viola, and Astrid Schween, cello, and Gilles Vonsattel, piano.
In 2013 and 2014 William attended PRISMA (Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy) led by Arthur Arnold, the chief conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. One of two American’s at the festival, William served as Principle Second Violin in the symphony orchestra. He received lessons, masterclasses, and performed in chamber groups with the internationally acclaimed Soyoung Yoon, Herbert Greenberg, Andrew Wan, Carrie Dennis, and Oto Carrillo.
In September, 2014 William returned to the Atlanta area and has been active in the freelance community. He has played with the Georgia Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Carrol Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Rome Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. He has performed with groups such as Amy Grant, Johnny Mathis, Kansas, Abbey Road at the Variety Playhouse, Griffin Choral Arts, the Aurora Theatre, and regularly appears on stage at Florence Kopleff Recital Hall on Georgia State University's campus in chamber concerts. From 2015-2016 William joined the teaching faculty at the Atlanta International School as the Violin and Viola instructor.