Texas Tech University

Blair Williams

Assistant Professor of Music Education / Director of the TTU String Project

Email: blair.williams@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2992

Office: School of Music, Room 247

Blair Williams

Dr. Blair Williams (PhD, The Ohio State University, MM, Kansas State University, BME, Baylor University) is an Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Her duties at Texas Tech include supervising string student teachers, teaching courses in string music education, instruction in instrumental/orchestral conducting, and directing the Texas Tech University String Project.

During the summers, Dr. Williams is active with the TTU Summer Master of Music Education program, the TTU Academy camp for beginning string students, and the TTU Band and Orchestra Camp. 

Additionally, she serves as the conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, TMEA Region 16 College Chair, and an advisor to the Epsilon Pi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. 

Dr. Williams has presented clinics regionally and nationally including invited sessions at the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference, the annual American String Teachers Association conference, and the annual Ohio State String Teacher Workshop. Her research interests include: rural string music education, music teacher education, secondary music teaching, and viola. She has been published in The American String Teacher.

Additional conducting engagements have included: Middle School and High School Region clinician/conductor in Ohio and Texas, Festival conductor in Ohio and Kansas, Graduate Conductor/Section Coach-Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, Chamber Strings; Graduate Conductor-Kansas State Orchestra; Assistant Director/Administrator of the Gold Orchestra (Manhattan, KS) including an invited performance at The Midwest Clinic in 2010; and Associate Director/String Coordinator of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

After earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor, Professor Williams served as Director of Orchestras and the Associate Director of Orchestras in Midway ISD, Waco, TX teaching grades 5-12. While teaching in Texas, Dr. Williams' ensembles (string and full) consistently received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Large Group Contest, and other festivals. In 2009, she founded the Midway High School chapter of Texas Future Music Educators with 20 students. Dr. Williams also continues to enjoy working with public school students as a guest adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. 

She is a member of ASTA, NAfME, TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMS, and Mu Phi Epsilon.