Bob Williams began his association with the Livermore-Amador Symphony as a horn player in 1972 when he moved to California—and he still plays horn in the orchestra.
For many years, until the end of the 2013–2014 season, Williams also served as the assistant conductor of the Symphony.
Williams was conductor of the LAS pit orchestra that performed at many of the semiannual shows presented by the Valley Dance Theatre, especially at its yearly multiple performances of The Nutcracker. Now the Valley Dance Theatre’s own pit orchestra has taken over: Its debut was at the “Spring Rep” shows in 2014. Who was the conductor? Yes, of course: Bob Williams!
Williams is now retired from 22 years of public school music teaching and a second career in metallography with General Electric at Vallecitos.
Williams is a graduate of West Chester University (Pennsylvania) and the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (New York). In 2013, UR featured Williams, a charter member of the George Eastman Circle of donors, in fundraising appeals to alumni. For example, an article from June 2013 shows one of several pictures taken by a “local photographer who followed me around Pleasanton for a morning.” Be sure to follow the link at the end of the article to the booklet about George Eastman Scholarships, because pages 8–11 also feature Williams, with another current photo plus one from years ago!