Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest symphonic bands and jazz ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences and festivals in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China. On three separate occasions Stephen has been invited to conduct symphonic bands at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the world’s largest music educator’s conference. He is the recipient of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s highest honour, the Citation of Excellence, an award he received in 2014.
Stephen studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert and in 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University
of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland.
Stephen is currently Student Music Programs Officer 5-12, Conducting Coordinator for The Ar ts Unit in the NSW Depar tment of Education. He is the Music Director for the NSW Schools Spectacular and also the founding Music Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Stephen was a member of staff at the WA Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments and then at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as Director of the Wind Symphony and lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies.
Over the last twelve years he has been a conductor on many tours with Orchestra Victoria. He has been the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by OrchestraVictoria players in two-day workshops and concerts. Between 2011 and 2013 Stephen was the music director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to conduct, lecture, and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.