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 joined Associate Principal Flute Greg Milliren in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in 2017. A regular chamber music performer, she has played in many Minnesota Orchestra offerings and most recently in a benefit for the Minnesota chapter of the ACLU.
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 as a guest in the flute sections of major American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Louis Symphony, and she 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.
Wendy Williams is currently on leave from the Minnesota Orchestra.