KMEA Hall of Fame
Ross O. Williams
Inducted in 1979
Ross O. Williams was born in Wichita and took his bachelor's degree in music at Southwestern College. He earned the master's degree in violin performance from The University of Michigan and did additional graduate studies at the University of Colorado. He also studied violin with Szymon Goldberg and viola with William Primrose. He taught orchestra in the Dodge City public schools and directed the choir at Dodge City Junior College. Most of his career was spent on the faculty of Southwestern College. While at Southwestern, Williams played violin in the Wichita symphony and gave recitals throughout the Midwest. He conducted the Winfield Oratorio Society and was choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. He spent many summers at the Aspen Festival and performed in the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He was Kansas chair of the ASTA and was a member of NSOA, MTNA, KMTA, MENC, and KMEA.