The College of Southern Maryland welcomes flutist Margretta Williams to perform at the Ward Virts Concert Series at 3 p.m., Feb. 12 at the Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119. The performance is the third of six in the concert series, which is held at CSMs Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick.
A music educator in Prince Georges County, Williams is a performer of sacred, classical and jazz music for the flute. She will be accompanied by CSM faculty member and pianist, Stephen Johnson.
Williams earned her bachelor of science degree in music education at Kent State University in 1975 and her masters degree from Walden University in curriculum, instruction and assessment in 2009. Williams has taught general, vocal, instrumental and private instrumental lessons for more than 30 years. Currently she is an instrumental music teacher of band and orchestra in Prince Georges County for students in grades four through eight. Additionally Williams adjudicates at instrumental music festivals in St. Marys and Prince Georges counties and teaches flute for the University of Marylands summer youth music camp, now in its eighth year. She is also a mentor teacher for the University of Maryland and for Prince Georges County Public School System.
A devoted musician and active member at Peach Lutheran Church in Waldorf, Williams functions in several capacities related to worship and music. She performs at Peace Lutheran and mentors younger musicians who wish to share their love of music as a means of deepening the worship service.
The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by Edward and Patricia Mehosky, St. Clair and Mary Tweedie, Gerry Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham, and CSM. The centerpiece of the concert series is a world-class Boesendorfer Grand Piano, which was gifted to CSM by the Ward Virts Piano Project as a gift to the entire community.
The WVPP was formed by friends and classmates of pianist Ward Virts, whose sudden death in 1993 inspired them to purchase this hand-made piano and dedicate the piano to CSMs Prince Frederick Campus in Virts memory. Inspired by Virts life and spirit, his friends and classmates conceived the project in order to bring the love of life, beauty and music that Virts embodied to a new generation of Southern Maryland students, performers and appreciative audiences.