Visit The Williams Music Department

Meet the Faculty

Many prospective students visit the Williams College campus and Music Department every year. We encourage you to plan your own visit. We will do our best to provide opportunities for you to meet with the department chair and other academic or performance faculty. During the academic year it may even be possible to schedule a mini lesson with one of the Artist Associates depending upon the day and time of your visit. This is not a requirement, nor is it a formal audition, but it can be helpful. There is no question that a well-planned weekday visit is the most effective way to find out if Williams is the right place for you both academically and musically. To get the full benefit from your visit we recommend that you schedule it during one of the regular semesters if at all possible. Doing so will afford you the opportunity to attend classes, possibly view rehearsals and/or performances as well as to meet students and faculty. While the availability of faculty for a face-to-face meeting in the summer months or during breaks cannot be guaranteed they may be available to respond to email inquiries. Visits during breaks or the summer months will generally be strictly informational.

We look forward to seeing you!

Getting Here

Classrooms & offices are located in the Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive

Contacting Faculty – click “People” (right menu)

Email inquiries are preferable with a subject line “Prospective Student – your name”. Contact information for meetings with faculty:

Academic Faculty

To meet with the Department Chair, contact Marilyn Cole Dostie, Assistant to the Chair, by email or phone at 413-597-2163.

Ensemble Directors

  • Berkshire Symphony: inactive due to Covid-19 measures Ronald Feldman
  • Brass Ensemble: inactive due to Covid-19 measures
  • Chamber Orchestra of Williams: inactive due to Covid-19 measures Ronald Feldman, advisor
  • Chinese Music Ensemble: Wang Guowei
  • Concert Choir and Chamber Choir: Brad Wells
  • Jazz groups: Kris Allen, Gregg August, Zaccai Curtis
  • Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band: Tendai Muparutsa
  • Percussion Ensemble: Matthew Gold
  • Williams Gospel Choir: inactive due to Covid-19 measures
  • Virtual Choir of Williams: Paul La Rosa

Performance Faculty

Further Information

If you are having difficulty making direct contact with an instructor during the academic year please contact Michelle Picard for assistance. If you are on campus already or your visit is imminent we will do our best to make some time for you, but you can also stop by Bernhard Music Center almost any weekday and speak to Michelle in the Music Office. She can give you some information and possibly show you around the building. However, the further ahead you can plan the more productive your visit will be.