James Williams is a clarinet teacher and performer with experience across classical and jazz styles on both clarinet and saxophones.
James began learning clarinet at school when he was 9 with Julie Burns, associate principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. James developed a passion for music which extended from the clarinet to saxophone and flute. James has managed a successful jazz ensemble specialising in Dixieland style jazz and performed with this group for private functions, concerts and jazz festivals. In addition, he has performed within a range of musical settings from principal clarinet in school and university orchestras and concert bands, lead alto saxophone with the ANU Big Band and various clarinet and saxophone parts for amateur performances of Broadway musicals.
In 2004, James was awarded a National Undergraduate Scholarship to study clarinet with Alan Vivian at the ANU School of Music. Concurrently, James completed a degree in commerce with specialisation in finance and marketing. For three years post immediate graduation, James worked for investment bank, Goldman Sachs JBWere in Sydney as an analyst. In 2011, James once again returned to the ANU where he completed his honours qualification to first class level.
James has taught privately since 2005 and has been a teacher within the School of Music’s Music for Secondary Schools program. In addition, James is a casual academic employed within the Research School of Management with tutoring responsibilities for courses including Introduction to Marketing, Financial Services Marketing, Marketing Research Methods and Strategic Marketing.