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BIOGRAPHY

CRAIG S. WILLIAMS is Organist and Choirmaster of Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy West Point, where he plays the world’s largest church all-pipe organ and directs the Cadet Chapel Choir. He is only the fourth organist to hold that position since the present Cadet Chapel building was erected in 1910.


At West Point, Mr. Williams oversees the music programs of five chapels, in which are given well over 400 services, concerts, and various other functions annually. Mr. Williams personally performs at approximately 200 of these chapel functions, including worship services, weddings, funerals, class reunion memorial services, recitals, choir concerts, and VIP organ demonstrations performing for royalty, cabinet members, generals, members of Congress, and many other international government and military figures. He has been featured on television numerous times including the Fox News’ “West Point Holiday Special” which received over 2,000,000 views, and he appears as organist on the West Point Glee Club’s DVD “Stand Ye Steady.” The performance of “Jerusalem” (arranged from C.H.H. Parry) is prominently featured on YouTube, with over 2.5 million views. Mr. Williams maintains his own YouTube channel (Craig Williams, Organist), where he regularly posts many different styles of organ repertoire and hymn arrangements, recorded on the West Point Cadet Chapel organ and other locations.


Mr. Williams has performed publicly on both organ and piano for over 40 years and continues to perform nationwide. In 2021, he performed in the Curso Internacional de Órgano Romántico, in San Sebastian, Spain. His organ credits include performances at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, several appearances at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, California, with the Pacific Chorale. His most recent appearance at Segerstrom Hall was in the concert “Superstar Organ Virtuosos” where he shared the stage with Paul Jacobs, Frederick Swann, Christoph Bull, and members of the Pacific Symphony. Mr. Williams has also played on the summer series at the Riverside Church in New York, the Crystal Cathedral, and Ocean Grove Auditorium; and he continues to give numerous recitals and workshops for prominent cathedrals and churches on both coasts.  


Mr. Williams is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and served as dean of the Central Hudson Valley chapter from 2012 to 2016. In the early ’90s, he served as dean of the Brooklyn Chapter. Also, he has been a featured performer for conventions held by the American Guild of Organists and the American Institute of Organbuilders.


Mr. Williams received a Master's in organ performance from Westminster Choir College where he was the first Currin Scholar in Organ Performance, a full graduate-level scholarship, studying with Eugene Roan. His piano performance degrees include a Master's from the Juilliard School, studying with Martin Canin, where he performed with the Juilliard Symphony at Lincoln Center; and a bachelor's from the University of Southern California, studying with Daniel Pollack.


In addition to his duties at West Point, he was an adjunct professor of organ at Nyack College (now Alliance University) and served as the organ faculty at Westminster Conservatory (at Westminster Choir College). He is devoted to his wife, Lee, and the proud father of Abigail and Stewart.

Craig Williams: Profiles
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EVENTS

HUDSON VALLEY BACHFEST, “BACH THE VIRTUOSO” KEYBOARD RECITAL

June 17, 2023, 3:00 PM EDT
Skinner Hall, Vassar College 
Poughkeepsie, New York

AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS REGIONAL CONVENTION
(NORTHEAST/MID-ATLANTIC) 2023

July 5, 2023, 11:00 AM EDT
Cadet Chapel
West Point, New York

PERFORMANCE ON THE DAVIS FERRIS ORGAN (1847) – NATIONAL LANDMARK

August 20, 2023, 4:00 PM EDT
Round Lake Auditorium
Round Lake, New York

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

September 17, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT
Cadet Chapel
West Point, New York

PANTHEON INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL

September 22, 2023, 7:00 PM CEST
Pantheon
Rome, Italy

NOVARA SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL

October 1, 2023, 5:00 PM CEST
The Basilica of San Gaudenzio
Novara, Italy

SOLO ORGAN RECITAL

November 16, 2023, 12:30 PM
Princeton University Chapel
Princeton, New Jersey

TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN HEROES

February 25, 2024

West Point Cadet Chapel

West Point, New York

Featuring Martin Vydra, baritone (Czech Republic)

(Sponsored by the Consul General of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic)

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