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Michael Williams is beginning his first year at Niwot High School as the choral accompanist for the Niwot High School Choirs. He is coming to Niwot after a number of years assisting with the music program at the Estes Park Elementary, Middle and High Schools as well as one year at Skyline High School in Longmont.
Mr. Williams started studying music at the age of five, quickly excelling in both piano and vocal performance. While in middle and high school he was the pianist for his school’s choirs, played trumpet and percussion in the bands, as well as helping direct the 6th grade band during his senior year. He was also the pianist and organist for two churches every Sunday morning.
After graduating from high school in 2001, Mr. Williams was accepted into the United States Navy Band and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. He then served with the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a vocalist, pianist and percussionist.
Mr. Williams moved to Estes Park in 2008 and became the choir assistant and accompanist for both the middle and high school choirs and has continued to work with both over the last ten years, as well as with the Estes Park Elementary Mountain Echoes Choir. He was also the choir director and pianist for Allenspark Community Church from December 2011 to December 2016, and has served as a music director and board member for the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies.
In addition to his love of music, Mr. Williams followed his other passion and earned a degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts in 2006 from Texas Culinary Academy in Austin, Texas, and has worked as a full-time chef, baker, and cake decorator, as well as assisting in the creation and management of a downtown restaurant in Estes Park from 2010 to 2013. He also has a love for classic automobiles and has built many over the years with his father. Don’t be surprised to see one of his cars in the parking lot at NHS on occasion.
Mr. Williams continues to reside in Estes Park with his wife, Jenna Williams, who is the Estes Park Elementary Music Teacher, and their daughter, Adeline.