2019 SCMEA Jr. County Band Conductor - Dr. Hugh Williamson

Dr. Hugh Williamson is an accomplished educator, performer, and conductor currently serving as an instrumental music specialist with the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he directed high school instrumental music programs in Pennsylvania and New York. At the collegiate level, he has taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Elizabethtown College, and Temple University.

Dr. Williamson holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in history and music education from Moravian College, a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting and trumpet performance from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from Temple University. He has completed additional studies at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, Ithaca College, and the Pierre Monteux Festival for Orchestral Musicians, Hancock, Maine.


While a doctoral student at Temple University, his dissertation research focused on neuroscience links between music making and broader cognitive development and teacher perceptions of the impact of standardized testing on instrumental music student opportunities in public schools. His current interests include curricular trends, emerging links between neuroscience and music, and music advocacy.


Dr. Williamson has studied trumpet and chamber music with notable teachers including Walter Gier, Lawrence Wright, and Benjamin Aldridge, and completed additional work with master artists Ed Cord, John Rommel, Vincent Penzarella, and Per Brevig. Dr. Williamson has studied conducting with distinguished teachers including Dr. Timothy Perry and Maestro Luis Biava.


As a festival conductor, Dr. Williamson has directed the Elizabethtown College Summer Music Camp Symphonic Band and Philadelphia All-City Middle School Concert Band. In addition, he is an active orchestral musician with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Chamber Brass and also has performed with the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Philadelphia Brass, Riverside Symphonia, and Allentown, Catskill, Pottstown, and Utica Symphonies. He has served on the board of the Cavalcade of Bands and holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and International Trumpet Guild.


When not teaching or playing the trumpet, he enjoys singing, reading history, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

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