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American Composers Announce Kendall Williams as Their Van Lier Emerging Composer Fellow for 2013-2014

New York, NY - American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is pleased to announce that Kendall Williams will be the orchestra's Van Lier Emerging Composer Fellow for the 2013-2014 season. The Fellowship, established in 1999, offers a comprehensive and multi-faceted program that equips emerging composers with the full range of professional skills and tools necessary for building a successful career as a composer of orchestral music. This year's Fellow, Kendall Williams, received his B.A. in Music from Florida Memorial University and M.M. in Music Theory & Composition from NYU Steinhardt, studying with Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, and Rich Shemaria. His main instrument is the steel pan.

ACO's Van Lier Fellowship gives young composers the opportunity to work with ACO artistic and administrative leadership in honing their professional skills, participating in planning educational activities and performances, serving as liaison with student composers, and enhancing their professional careers by immersing themselves in the professional environment of ACO over the course of an entire season. The fellowship, which is made possible by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund and Musical Arts Fund of the New York Community Trust, is designed to provide a career-development bridge between a young composer's training at the University or Conservatory and the world of the professional orchestra.

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Congratulations Kendall we are proud of your accomplishments...

Thanks again!!!!

Congratulations to you Kendall. I know that Holly and Jenny are very proud of their son.

Thank you I hope to continue to make them proud.

Congratulations Kendall on getting a wonderful stage to present your musical talents.


Congratulations are in order to Kendall Williams.

Thank you sir I appreciate it!

Kendall, congratulations on your achievement.  Just maintain your focus and keep up the great work!

Thank you I will definitely keep pushing to do better.

Kendall is an excellent candidate for this program. He is well organized, disciplined and  I know he will excel at the task. I would like to thank American Composers Orchestra (ACO) for giving him this opportunity and exposure because without the necessary amount of music educators, it will be difficult to provide adequate education to those who desire to pursue music (steelpan) as a profession. Kendall  will help expand and encourage younger pannists to pursue higher educaiton and improve their standard of music.


Thanks Aunty Claudette!!!


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