Asbury’s historic Austin organ will be featured in a program of virtuoso works from the Renaissance to today, performed by the associate principal trumpet player of the West Point Band and West Point’s chapel organist and choirmaster.
Bill Owens is currently the associate principal trumpet player with the West Point Band as well as a member of the West Point Brass Quintet and the mixed ensemble, Quintette 7. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School in 2005, Bill moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a free-lance chamber and orchestral musician. He quickly established himself by performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as numerous other orchestras in Southern California. For six years, Bill was a member of the national touring ensemble, Presidio Brass. While maintaining a busy performing schedule with Presidio, Bill and organist Alison Leudecke performed recitals in venues throughout SoCal. In addition to performing, Bill is the artistic director of the Purchase Symphonic Winds as well as a member of the chamber music faculty at SUNY Purchase. He continues to edit, arrange and write music for his instrument within varying contexts including a recent publication, Basic Training for Trumpet and a series of arrangements for solo trumpet and organ.
Craig S. Williams serves as Organist and Choirmaster of the Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy West Point, where he plays the world’s largest church 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, and is presently included in Who’s Who in America. He was the first Currin Scholar (full graduate scholarship) in organ performance at Westminster Choir College, studying under Eugene Roan. He received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where he performed with the Juilliard Chamber Symphony at Lincoln Center, and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. His organ credits include performing at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in addition to giving numerous recitals and workshops for prominent cathedrals and churches throughout the country, including the famed Crystal Cathedral in California. He has been a featured performer for conventions held by the American Guild of Organists and the American Institute of Organbuilders. Recently, Mr. Williams recorded a CD, released by Calcante Recordings (CD046), performing at the Baptist Temple in Brooklyn. He is an adjunct professor of organ at Nyack College and serves on the conservatory faculty at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), teaching a professional certification program for church musicians.