Wendy Williams joined the Minnesota Orchestra as second flute in 1992. She came to Minnesota with a decade of experience, having played principal flute with the Houston Ballet and Texas Chamber Orchestra, second flute and piccolo with Houston Grand Opera and second flute with the Houston Symphony. As a soloist in Minnesota Orchestra subscription concerts, she has been featured with Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and will join Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in 2017. A regular chamber music performer, she has played in many Minnesota Orchestra offerings as well as for the Colonial Chamber Series.
An Ohio native, Williams earned three degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kyril Magg. She has played in the flute sections of major American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Louis Symphony, and has performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes and the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Williams teaches privately in Minneapolis. As a student of the Alexander Technique, she focuses on the physical challenges of playing and psychological preparation for performance. She also gives classes on audition preparation and has coached the wind sections of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
In addition, through a Hennepin County program that pairs at-risk children with adults in the community, Williams has mentored a young woman for twenty years. She is active as a volunteer in the Minneapolis Public Schools and stays busy raising her two children, Jackson and Eleanor.