Jean Martin-Williams, Professor of Horn
Dr. Jean Martin-Williams is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. She teaches horn, directs the University of Georgia Horn Choir, coaches chamber music, and is a member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Martin-Williams is also the Director of UGA’s Lilly Teaching Fellows program, under the auspices of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has a passion for teaching and improving pedagogy and served on the University committee that established the First Year Odyssey Seminar program.
Before joining the University of Georgia faculty, she was a full-time performer in New York City, performing in a variety of chamber and orchestral settings including the Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the New York Chamber Symphony. She continues to be an active performer and is a member of the New York Pops Orchestra. During the summer, she has served on the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and the Chamber Music Center of the Northeast at Bennington College in Vermont. Dr. Martin-Williams has published in The Horn Call and she is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the International Horn Competition of the Americas.
As a soloist, chamber musician, and lecturer, Dr. Martin-Williams has appeared at the Georgia Music Educators conference, the Southeast Horn Workshop, the International Horn Society conference, the International Trumpet Conference, the International Double Reed Society, Music Educators National Conference, International Society of Music Educators, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference. In 2001 and 2007, she hosted the Southeast Horn Workshop. She also hosted the International Horn Society symposium in 1999 and the Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year competition in 2001.
Dr. Martin-Williams has performed in many states and countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Russia. She has recorded with the New York Chamber Symphony, the New York Pops, the Georgia Woodwind Quintet and the Atlanta Symphony, including the Grammy-award winning Berlioz Requiem. A native of Decatur, Georgia, Dr. Martin-Williams attended the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and the Manhattan School of Music, from which she was the first brass player to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She lives in Athens with her husband, Financial Specialist Moffatt Williams, their children Katie Sue and Grier, and their two endearing dogs, Zoey and Annabelle.
Catherine Kilroe-Smith, Assistant Professor of Horn
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Catherine Kilroe-Smith studied at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she completed a Bachelors Degree in Music. Dr. Kilroe-Smith also holds graduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” (Konzertexamen) in Dresden, Germany and the University of Georgia (M.M., D.M.A.) in Athens, Georgia.
Dr. Kilroe-Smith has appeared as a soloist with the East Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa. She has given recitals in South Africa, Germany, and the United States and maintains an active performance schedule. She has participated in master-classes with Stefan Jezierski, Allen Spanjer, Jean-François Taillard, Fergus McWilliam, Eli Epstein and Rik Vercruysse. Her primary teachers have been Peter Damm, Richard Deane, Jean Martin-Williams, Sean Kierman, and Eric Albertyn. Kilroe-Smith has played with the East Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kwazulu Natal Orchestra and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently performs with the Macon Pops and the Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she was a member of the Bulldog Brass Society Quintet under the direction of Fred Mills and the Georgia Brass Ensemble who performed with a variety of guest artists including Joe Alessi, the Basel Brass, the Belgian Brass, and Bobby Shew. She is currently a member of Tamu Musica, a violin, piano and horn trio.
As a scholar, she has presented her research at the International Council for Traditional Music in Vienna, Austria, the International Horn Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa and she was invited to present at the International CMS Conference in Croatia. She has also been published in the International Horn Society’s journal called The Horn Call. Her research interests include Balkan Brass Music, African Music, and Intercultural Contexts in Music. In 2013, her music appreciation textbook Musical Journeys was published by Kendall Hunt.
Currently, Dr. Kilroe-Smith is Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Georgia. She previously taught at the Georgia Gwinnett College where she founded and ran the award winning Excursions Concert Series. At the same institution she was the recipient of the Faculty Service Award and the Top Claw Faculty Award for 2015/2016.
The University of Georgia Horn Studio prides itself on being a place where all students can find their own niches. Students are encouraged to explore their own creativity and interests. These creative endeavors have taken form in a variety of ways including arrangements, compositions, publications, inter-disciplinary projects and visits abroad. At least once a semester the horn studio gets together to have a meal and celebrate being horn players. The horn studio holds a number of recitals every year: these include a chamber recital, a horn choir recital and various other studio recitals. Our studio is very supportive of each other and can be found in the audience whenever a horn player is performing.
Home to approximately six hundred students and a faculty of sixty-five, the Hodgson School offers a wide variety of degree programs from baccalaureate through doctoral levels, as well as many opportunities for all UGA students to participate in ensembles and academic classes. Each year the School hosts nearly 350 public performances.
As one of the rising national leaders in music schools today, the Hodgson School boasts facilities among the finest in the country. The Performing and Visual Arts Complex—which includes the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Performing Arts Center, Georgia Art Museum, and Lamar Dodd School of Art—is located on UGA’s East Campus and reflects the university’s long-term commitment to the arts. The Performing Arts Center draws world-class artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sir James Galway, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as major international orchestras, including a twice-yearly residency of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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