Colin Russell Williams
Adjunct | Percussion
Colin R. Williams, whose performances have been praised as “artfully crafting a universe”, is a percussionist, educator, and composer active in multiple avenues of music. As a performer, Colin works in a multitude of musical areas. He founded CoDa Percussion Duo, along with percussionist Daniel Crisp. CoDa actively commissions and workshops pieces with many composers such as Molly Joyce and Evan Chapman. Colin regularly works with contemporary chamber ensembles such as NODUS Ensemble (Florida International University’s faculty contemporary ensemble-in-residence) , Kaleidoscope MusArt, Nu Deco Ensemble, and HELIX! New Music Ensemble.
As a soloist, Colin has completed multiple recital tours, performing, and providing masterclasses at various collegiate music programs throughout the United States. Over the past few years, he was a featured concerto soloist with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble and the East Carolina University Percussion Ensemble.
As a section percussionist, Colin has performed with groups such as the New World Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Eastern Wind Symphony, as well as other professional orchestras and wind ensembles. As a marching percussionist, he performed with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI) and the George Mason Indoor Drumline (WGI-World Class).
Prior to teaching at FIU, Colin instructed private lessons and group classes for the South Florida Center of the Percussive Arts (a non-profit for percussion education). Additionally, he served as the head drumline instructor for the East Carolina University Marching Pirates, where he wrote the percussion parts and taught the university’s drumline. Throughout the past ten years, Colin has taught concert percussion, jazz, and marching percussion at multiple high schools in North Carolina, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, as well as maintaining a private lesson studio.
Colin holds a bachelor’s degree in both music education and music composition/theory from East Carolina University, as well as a master’s degree in percussion performance from Rutgers University. He is expecting to complete a doctorate of the musical arts from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Spring of 2022 with a cognate in music theory. Colin has studied under renowned percussionists including Svet Stoyanov, Joe Petrasek, Matt Strauss, Greg Zuber, Joe Tompkins, Dr. Mike Truesdell, Kyle Zerna, Javier Diaz, Dr. Jonathan Wacker, and Christopher Nappi. He also studied composition under Dr. Marc Faris and Dr. Ed Jacobs.