Ariel Williams is a saxophone teacher and performer in the Northern Virginia area. She has taught saxophone at the Mason Community Arts Academy since November 2017, and currently teaches a vibrant studio of beginning, intermediate, and advanced saxophonists. Ms. Williams loves to teach students of any age or ability level, from students who have been playing for many years to ones who have never picked up the instrument before.
Ms. Williams holds a B.M. in Music Education from George Mason University where she studied with Rick Parrell, the retired principal saxophonist of the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” While at GMU, Ms. Williams performed as a member of the GMU Wind Symphony, the Jazz Workshop Ensemble, the GMU Symphonic Band, and the GMU Saxophone Quartet. Additionally, she was the winner of the 2018 Wind Symphony Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the ensemble. With the GMU Saxophone Quartet, Ms. Williams has performed at the 39th and 40th International Saxophone Symposiums, at the 2017 GMU Honors Recital, and premiered a new work at the Snapshot Conference hosted by the Society of Composers, Inc. She has also worked as a saxophone technician with the Fairfax High School Marching Band, worked as a clinician with the Flutopia Wind Ensemble, and has served on the faculty of the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp and Festival.
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