Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams 

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Sarah Williams, an oboist from Dunwoody, is studying at Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer. 

Tanglewood is one of North America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians. Students study June 17 to August 10 on the campus in Lenox, Mass. It is the only program of its kind associated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Each summer, the program accepts a select group of students ages 10 through 20 for training programs in orchestra, voice, wind ensemble, piano, composition and harp, as well as workshops for each instrument and string chamber music. The class of 2019 was selected through an application and audition process.

Williams, a 17-year-old graduate of Chamblee Charter High School, began playing the oboe as a fourth grader at Kittredge Magnet School.  

She continued her music education at Chamblee Middle School and Chamblee Charter High School and studied oboe under Barbara Cook. Williams was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and the DeKalb Youth Symphony. In the fall, she will attend the Juilliard School in New York, to study oboe performance

Musicians in this program will participate in concert and recital programming. They will participate in workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University College of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and visiting artists such as composer and flutist Valerie Coleman, pianist coach Douglas Sumi and composer Nico Muhly.

The program was developed in 1966 as an extension of the symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center. 

The program’s Young Artists Chorus, Young Artists Orchestra and Young Artists Wind Ensemble will perform a series in Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood grounds from July 13 through August 10. The program’s Young Artists Programs was featured as part of Tanglewood on Parade on July 23 at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

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