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Cheldon Williams

Cheldon Williams

Assistant Professor | Director of Athletic Bands | Associate Director of Bands
School of Music

Dr. Cheldon Williams holds the positions of Associate Director of Bands and the Director of Athletic Bands at West Virginia University. Additionally, Williams teaches Music Arranging for Public School Groups as part of the undergraduate music education curriculum. Prior to his appointment at W.V.U., Williams earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Florida State University in 2004 and 2014, served as Associate Director of Bands at New Mexico State University in 2016, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. 

Dr. Williams works as a guest clinician and adjudicator for middle and high school bands, orchestras, and color guards across the United States. His research involves providing developing teachers and directors with the tools to assess the quality of ensemble music performance. The research findings were presented at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and at other national and international music educators’ conferences. Williams was also a recent contributor to the Vol. 12 edition of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Moreover, Williams is currently arranging and transcribing music for the wind band medium with the goal of introducing musicians to composers who have been historically underrepresented due to their race or gender with a project titled the Rediscovery Series. Under distribution through Murphy Music Press, his arrangements have been performed at the University of Texas at Austin and by the West Virginia University Symphonic Band. 

Dr. Williams is a former member of the Texas Music Educators Association, New Mexico Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Education Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Broward Music Educators Association, and a current member of the West Virginia Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.