Michael S. Williams
Michael S. Williams
Choir/Theatre/Designer/Composer/Tutor
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EDUCATION STATEMENT

Serving young people as an educator and director is a calling, a gift, and a privilege, and it must be approached with tremendous amounts of passion, patience, flexibility, and love. As an educator in the fine arts, I live for those “a-ha!” moments that I see flash across the faces of my students, when moments of understanding and wonder are made real for them. All educational pursuits are important to the well-roundedness of students, which is why I enjoy ACT Tutoring; it is incredibly rewarding to help students achieve scores that help their acceptance into the college/university that fits best with their path. It is my personal desire to see all students come into personal contact with the fine arts whether on the periphery (introductory classes) or fully immersed (musical/theatrical ensembles). I want to change lives. I also want to enrich academic pursuits and make a positive impact in their educational journey. I want to honor them with excellent teaching and mentoring in exchange for allowing me the joy of watching them grow into incredible young adults.

Serving those out in the world as a designer and creator is a joy and something I have wanted to pursue for a long time. There is something fulfilling and special about providing a service that helps to memorialize loved ones or turn beloved items into something new, unique, and heart-touching.

Experience

June 2018 - Current
Owner/Designer
Uniquely Given - MW Creations

OWNER/FOUNDER/CREATOR/DESIGNER (2018)

  • HAND MADE HOME AND FASHION GOODS

    • … Throws
    • … Wreaths
    • … Runners/Stockings/Etc.
    • … Stuffed Animals and Plush Toys
    • … Pouches, Cases, Holders
    • … Custom Pin Cushions
    • … Pillows
    • … Boho Bags/Purses/Etc.
    • … Baby/Toddler Clothing

    Uniquely created one-of-a-kind items made from repurposed materials to create home goods and fashion pieces for customers.

    June 2017 - Current
    Owner
    MSWACTHelp

    EDUCATION DIRECTOR (2017-2018)

    • PRIVATE ACT TUTOR

      • … English
      • … Reading
      • … Science
      • … Math

      One-on-one sessions with high school students to either prepare for the ACT or to advance their scores. Sessions geared specifically toward each student’s individual learning and areas of understanding and deficiency.

      • GROUP SESSION ACT INSTRUCTOR

        • … English
        • … Reading
        • … Science
        • … Math

        Group sessions with high school students to either prepare for the ACT or to advance their scores. Sessions house students with varying ranges of understanding and previous ACT scores and are designed to cover content area broadly, while also trying to meet specific student’s areas of understanding and deficiency.

        July 2016 - Current
        Voice Coach
        Vocal Instruction/Coaching

        VOCAL COACH (2016-2018)

        • PRIVATE VOICE TEACHER/COACH/INSTRUCTOR

          • … Ages 14+
          • … Male and Female
          • … Novice to Experienced
          • … Classical, Musical Theatre, Choral

          One-on-one vocal sessions with high school and college students ranging from 30 to 60 minutes that focus on proper and sound vocal technique in the classical style and how to use those foundational understandings to approach varying other vocal styles healthily.

          July 2009 - May 2016
          Director of Theatrical and Choral Activities / Fine Arts Chair
          Christian Brothers High School

          CHORAL DIRECTOR (2010-2016)

          • BUILD CHORAL PROGRAM FROM GROUND UP

            • … 2010-11: Men’s Chorus
            • … 2011-12: Men’s Chorus
            • … 2012-13: Men’s Chorus, Honors Chorus
            • … 2013-14, Men’s Chorus, Honors Chorus
            • … 2014-15, Men’s Chorus, Honors Chorus, Chamber Choir
            • … 2015-16, Men’s Chorus, Honors Chorus, Chamber Choir
          • INTRODUCE COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES 

            • … Fall 2013, 3 All West participants
            • … Spring 2014, 1 All State participant
            • … Fall 2014, 6 All West participants
            • … Spring 2015, 3 All State participants
            • … Fall 2015, 7 All West participants
            • … Fall 2015, 2 All National participants
            • … Spring 2016, 3 All State participants
            • … Spring 2016, 6 Students accepted into Governor’s School, all receiving scholarships to attend
            • … Spring 2016, 13 participants in Solo and Ensemble
          • WEST TN CHORAL FESTIVAL

            • … Spring 2015 Men’s Chorus Excellent Rating
            • … Spring 2015 Honors Chorus Superior Rating and Sweepstakes
            • … Spring 2015 Chamber Choir Superior Rating and Sweepstakes
            • … Spring 2016 Men’s Chorus Superior Rating and Sweepstakes
            • … Spring 2016 Honors Chorus Superior Rating
            • … Spring 2016 Chamber Choir Superior Rating and Sweepstakes
          • TN STATE CHORAL FESTIVAL
            • … Honors Chorus Superior Rating
            • … Chamber Choir Superior Rating
          • STUDENT COMPOSITIONS
            • … Luctus – S. Germany
            • … Echo – S. Germany
            • … Dark Days Will Come – Trevor Brown
            • … There Will Come Soft Rain – Daniel Ward
            • … A Gaelic Blessing – Daniel Ward
          • TOURS & RECRUITMENT

            • … Actively toured and recruited 2012-2014
          • MICHAEL S. WILLIAMS CHORAL WORK YOUTUBE CHANNEL CLICK HERE


          THEATRE DIRECTOR (2009-2015)

          • REBUILD PROGRAM

            • … Increased quality exponentially
            • … Increased audience attendance
            • … Increased number of students involved
            • … Expanded program outreach
          • REVAMP ACTING CLASSES, RAISE NUMBERS OF STUDENTS ENROLLED

            • … Spring of 2009 roughly 35-45 students tried to enroll in Acting I
            • … Spring 0f 2014 roughly 200 students tried to enroll in Acting I
          • EXECUTIVE/ARTISTIC THEATRE DIRECTOR

            • … Set designs, construction, dressing, decor
            • … Hair, Makeup, Costume designs, construction, procurement
            • … Lighting and Sound design
            • … Graphic design (posters, programs, head shots, etc.)
            • … Rehearsals, blocking, choreography, scheduling, musical direction
            • … Budgetary control and delineation
          • HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARD NOMINATIONS

            • … Outstanding Production Materials
            • … Outstanding Artistic Element
            • … Outstanding Chorus
            • … Outstanding Hair and Makeup
            • … Outstanding Set Design
            • … Outstanding Supporting Actress:
            • … Outstanding Lead Actress:
            • … Outstanding Lead Actor: 
          • – EXCERPTS FROM PRODUCTIONS CLICK HERE


          THEATRE HISTORY ONLINE (2009-2015)

          • DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION

            • … Designed course (900+ hours)
            • … Course won the Haiku National Competition in 2013 through Haiku Online Classroom Learning


          WEB DESIGN (2009-2015)

          • BUILD, DESIGN, MAINTAIN WEBSITE

            • … Designed, built, and maintain website
            • … 300+ pages
            • … Over 32,000 hits in the past 4.5 years


          FINE ARTS CHAIR (2013-2014)

          • – Classroom observations
          • – Event management
          • – Collaborative efforts
          • – Curriculum design
          • – Academic Council member
          • – Leadership Team member
          January 2006 - January 2009
          Director of Theatrical and Choral Activities
          Crichton College

          CHORAL DIRECTOR

          • BUILD CHORAL PROGRAM

            • … Established choral program
            • … Created choir classes
            • … Built program over three years (6 concerts)
            • … Taught choir classes
          • CHORAL VIDEOS CLICK HERE


          THEATRE DIRECTOR

          • BUILD THEATRE PROGRAM

            • … Established theatre program
            • … Built program over three years (5 productions)
            • … Created acting classes
            • … Taught acting classes
          •  EXECUTIVE/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

            • … Set designs, construction, dressing, decor
            • … Hair, Makeup, Costume designs, construction, procurement
            • … Lighting and Sound design
            • … Graphic design (posters, programs, head shots, etc.)
            • … Rehearsals, blocking, choreography, scheduling, musical direction
            • … Budgetary control and delineation

           

          EDUCATION

          • FACULTY IN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

            • … Taught Educational Psychology
            • … Taught Educational Analytics
          June 2005 - May 2006
          Online Learning Manager
          Crichton College

          ONLINE LEARNING SYSTEMS

          • – Manager over WebCT
          • – Online classroom designer
          • – Coordinator with various departments at the College
          July 2004 - May 2007
          Founder, Executive/Artistic Director
          Novus Conticus - The Youth Chorale of Memphis

          FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

          • – Promotion
          • – Recruiting
          • – Touring
          • – Established 5013C status for Novus

           

          CHORAL DIRECTOR

          • – Mixed Chorale of professional voices (9-12th grade)
          • – College level, a cappella literature
          • – Scheduling and rehearsals
          • – Working with local churches and business for both rehearsal space and performance venues
          • Video Performance Samples – click HERE
          July 2001 - May 2005
          Choral Director
          White Station Middle School

          CHORAL DIRECTOR

          • BUILD CHORAL PROGRAM

            • … There was 1 choir my first year, with 60 singers grades 7-8
            • … By my 3rd year, there were four choirs (Concert, Chamber, Men’s, Women’s) with over 225 singers grades 7-8
            • … During fourth year, 28 students made it into All West Jr. High (only 200 students from West TN make it into the group, with about 1200 auditioning)
          • ADJUDICATOR/CHAIR

            • … Adjudicated JH and HS level choral festivals
            • … Guest conductor for All Region
            • … Chaired All West Jr. High for two years
            • … Memphis City Schools Fine Arts Camp director for two years
          • PERFORMANCE VIDEOS CLICK HERE

           

          EDUCATIONAL

          • – Taught General Music
          • – Designed General Music Curriculum Grades 7-8 for the entire Memphis City School system
          • – Taught Computer
          • – Taught Writing Skills
          • – Taught Study Skills
          July 1997 - May 2002
          Professional Opera Singer
          Self Employed

          OPERATIC TENOR

          PROFESSIONAL VOCAL INSTRUCTOR

          PROFESSIONAL VOCALIST (RINGER) FOR EVENTS AND GROUPS

          July 1999 - May 2000
          Choral Director
          Snowden School

          CHORAL DIRECTOR

          • – Concert Choir
          • – Men’s Choir
          • – Women’s Choir
          • – Show Choir
          • – Jazz Choir
          June 1993 - December 2004
          Tenor
          Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble

          PROFESSIONAL VOCALIST

          January 1992 - May 1994
          Music Minister
          Briarwood Baptist Church

          MUSIC MINISTER

          • – Worship
          • – Rehearsals
          • – Adult choir
          • – Weddings, funerals, various events
          June 1990 - December 1991
          Music Minister
          Enon Baptist Church

          MUSIC MINISTER

          • – Worship
          • – Rehearsals
          • – Adult choir, Youth Choir
          • – Weddings, funerals, various events
          August 1989 - May 1991
          Music Minister
          College Hill Presbyterian Church

          MUSIC MINISTER

          • – Worship
          • – Rehearsals
          • – Adult choir

          Education

          2007 - 2009
          Boston University
          Masters of Music, Education

          3.95 GPA

          2003 - 2005
          Walden University
          Masters of Science Education, Instructional Tech.

          4.0 GPA

          1996 - 1999
          University of Memphis
          Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal/Choral
          1988 - 1992
          University of Mississippi
          Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal/Choral

          I had to leave the University of Mississippi before completing my degree because of financial hardships in my family. I worked for several years, got married, then finished my degree at the University of Memphis once I was able to procure the funds to return to school and finish my degree here in Memphis.

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