Dr. Kenyon Williams has worked throughout the United States as a professional performer, educator, arranger, and clinician. A graduate of Abilene Christian University, the Hartt School of Music, and the University of Kentucky, he has performed as a guest soloist and section member for numerous orchestras, including the Abilene Philharmonic (TX), the Louisville Symphony (KY), the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), the New Britain Symphony (CT), and currently serves as Principal Percussionist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony (ND). As an educator, he has taught at the secondary school level as well as at Abilene Christian University (TX), Transylvania University (KY), and Hardin Simmons University (TX).
Dr. Williams is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he maintains an active teaching and performing schedule and directs the acclaimed “Fuego Tropical” Steel Drum and Salsa Ensemble. His interests have taken him abroad for extended studies in Indonesia, Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, and Trinidad, where he performed with the legendary Invaders Steel Orchestra in Panorama 2002 under the auspices of a Kentucky Opportunity Performing Arts Fellowship. In the United States, he has taken his love for the music of the Caribbean to new levels by establishing, arranging, and performing for steel bands and Afro-Cuban ensembles in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas and currently directs “Soulsa de Fargo” nine-piece salsa ensemble and “Poco Fuego” steeldrum quintet.
Dr. Williams is a Yamaha Performing Artists and also endorses Latin Percussion instruments, Innovative sticks and mallets, and Coyle Steel Drums, through which he has published numerous original arrangements and transcriptions.