H. Robert Williams (“Bob” to LAS) 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!
Also affiliated with the Pleasanton Community Concert Band since 1975, Williams has been its conductor for more than 35 years. For his work with the Band, Williams was named the 2013 Tri-Valley Hero in Arts and Culture by the East Bay Division of the Embarcadero Media Group.
Williams is now retired from 22 years of public school music teaching and a second (18-year) career in nuclear materials study 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 recent photo plus one from years ago!
As of February 2019, the H. Robert Williams Horn Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music is fully endowed in perpetuity.
(updated July 2019)
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