Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “sweet but potent birdsong,” Denver native Michael Williams can be heard on stages across the Front Range. Michael was appointed as Second Flute/Piccolo with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in 2019 and performed as Acting Second Flute with the Colorado Symphony for the 2017-2018 season. Michael continues to perform with the Colorado Symphony as a frequent substitute as well as with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Boulder Philharmonic, including performances as guest principal. He has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky, Island City Opera and Opera Parallel in the Bay Area, and the Bloomington Chamber Singers in Indiana. Michael was an orchestral fellow with the National Orchestral Institute, a featured artist for three seasons with the Switchboard New Music Festival in San Francisco, and has performed with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He is an active teacher in the Denver area and has an enthusiastic group of private students ranging in all ages and levels. He is co-director of the Mile High Flute Benders community flute choir, a Practicing Artist at his alma mater the Denver School of the Arts, and often performs with Englewood Arts Symphony Spotlight school presentations. While a graduate student at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Michael was an Associate Instructor of Flute where he taught private flute lessons for non-majors and led group technique classes for undergraduate performance majors. He holds a Master of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Michael studied with Thomas Robertello, Tim Day, Catherine Payne, Alexa Still, and Catherine Peterson.
In addition to his performance activities Michael is an experienced fundraiser and arts administrator. He has held positions with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, A Child’s Song and the Studio, Colorado Symphony, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet. Michael is currently serving as President of the Colorado Flute Association.