Jean Martin-Williams, horn
Dr. Jean Martin-Williams is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Horn in the Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. Her degrees are from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the first brass player to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. These “firsts” continued, as she was the first female brass player invited to join the New York Pops Orchestra and she was the first female wind or brass player hired as tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Martin-Williams’ research focus is horn performance and pedagogy. She has performed in a variety of settings, from soap operas to the Metropolitan Opera, from the New York City Ballet to Broadway shows, from a Mozart Concerto in Russia to the national anthem at a NY Mets game. Her conference presentations and performances have taken her to Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Russia. Her discography includes the New York Chamber Symphony, the New York Pops, the Georgia Woodwind Quintet and the Atlanta Symphony, including the ASO’s GRAMMY-award winning recording of the Berlioz Requiem. She has hosted the annual symposium of the International Horn Society and hosted the Southeast Horn Workshop three times. Each spring she presents an invited seminar at the Juilliard School of Music.
At UGA, she has hosted the Southeast Horn Workshop in 2001, 2006, and 2018; the Paxman Young Horn Player National competition in 1999; and also in 1999, the week-long conference of the International Horn Society.
Dr. Martin-Williams is an avid proponent of bringing her creative experience and research into the teaching studio. Graduates of the UGA Horn Studio are now in tenure-track positions, in the D.C. military bands, in symphony orchestras, and active as music therapists and music educators.
She continues to stay active as a performer and teacher during the pandemic, including a two video compilation performances with The New York Pops and as a guest clinician for Horns United. She looks forward to working with the students of the InterHarmony Festival, putting to use all she has learned about effective virtual instruction.