“The three headline musicians for this event are a dream team of horn artists who are at the pinnacle of their careers.” Matlick said. “Decades ago, professional women hornists were a rarity. Through pioneers such as Helan Kotas Hirsch and Ethyl Merker, women have taken to the horn and now hold at least 50 percent of the chairs in professional orchestras all over the world.”
“I’ve hosted over 25 internationally acclaimed hornists over the years while at OU and have been striving to get more women artists,” he continued. “This year it seemed the stars lined up and OU is fortunate to get three phenomenal artists of the highest caliber.”
An internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue, Williams is a horn professor at Northwestern University. She has presented concerts, master classes, recitals, and lectures throughout North America as well as in Europe and Asia. After 20 years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.
Williams currently is Principal Horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has recently performed on a number of prestigious chamber music series. She is one of the founding members of The Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble as well as the Summit Brass. She can be heard on solo recordings and chamber music CD’s available through Summit Records.