Melanie Williams is a historical and modern flutist. She calls New York City and Navarre, Florida home and is currently a C.V. Starr doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School. Ms. Williams was first introduced to the six-holed, one-keyed baroque flute as a junior at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM 2012) and her loves of music and history have been inseparably intertwined since.
Education is part of Ms. Williams’s mission to bring new audiences to classical music. Her performances are informative and designed around a specific narrative related to history. She enjoys teaching adults and children and is on faculty at The Juilliard School in the Evening and Pre-College Divisions. Her teaching includes the courses Literature and Techniques I & II, Elements of Keyboard Skills, and courses in music theory.
Ms. Williams maintains active performance and research endeavors - she was awarded a 2018 Presser Graduate Music Award is the recipient of a Friends of Flutes grant and a Juilliard Summer Grant. Recently, she was a guest lecturer on the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Soundtracks series presenting Exploring the Flute, Flute History through Historical Instruments. She has performed internationally in France, Germany, Austria, England, Canada, and China on repertoire from Clérambault to Beethoven.