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Richard Anthony Williamson

Professor of Music, Theory and Composition, Director of Choral Activities
Academic Background
DMA, Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Illinois, Choral Music
MM, Master of Music, Eastman School of Music, Choral Conducting
MA, Master of Arts, Eastman School of Music, Music Theory
BM, Bachelor of Music, Furman University, Music Theory
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2122
Richard A. Williamson

Has lived in Peru, as well as Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and South Carolina. Says his own experiences as a student in a Christian college left a powerful impression on him. “Pursuing knowledge and skills meant much more because of the Christian context in which I was learning. My heart was engaged as well as my mind.”

Richard is also the Director of Choral Activities and the Coordinator of Music Theory

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Advanced Conducting, Advanced rehearsal techniques, Chamber Singers, Composition, Concert Choir, Counterpoint, Graduate analytical techniques, Theory and Musicianship V, University Choir

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

At Anderson University I can teach from my heart and touch the hearts of others.


Cooking, travel

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society), Phi Kappa Phi (academic honor society), Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)

People might be interested to know I...

Worked at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, as a Fulbright Scholar; am president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

My classes require a lot of student activity, and I expect everyone to contribute. Lessons are fast-paced. Whatever the level of the class, we strive for the highest possible artistic achievement.


Williamson, Richard. 2012. Training the rising generation of worship leaders: A skill-based approach. The Journal of the Baptist Church Music Conference 28 (1).

Williamson, Richard. 2007. Demystifying composition: Success with standard four. Teaching Music 15 (3).

Williamson, Richard. 2007. Contemporary rhythm and the traditional choir. Choral Journal (Journal of the American Choral Directors Association) 47 (8).

Williamson, Richard. 2006. Reawakening the romantic spirit: Nineteenth-century sources on expression. Choral Journal 46 (11)

Williamson, Richard. 2001. Harmony and language in Ginastera’s Lamentaciones de Jeremias Propheta: Implications for rehearsal and interpretation. Choral Journal 41 (9).