Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music, violinist Thomas Williams received a B. Mus. degree in violin performance from the University of Brandon, where he studied with Albert Pratz and Francis Chaplin. He continued graduate studies in New York with Ivan Galamian. Mr. Williams has had an orchestral career spanning 17 years, commencing in 1969 when he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 1972 he became the Assistant concertmaster of the Hamburg Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist with both of these orchestras, and has recorded as well with other orchestras, including the C.B.C. Symphony in Winnipeg, and in Montreal with the Radio Canada Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the Montreal String Quartet and a founding member of the Concord Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared as a guest artist across Canada. In addition to an active performing career as a violinist and a violist, Mr. Williams is well known as an adjudicator, and a jury member. He has for many years worked with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and has participated as a performer and teacher at numerous other music festivals in Canada including Orford and the International Music Institute. Prof. Williams teaching association with McGill began in 1981. He assumed the position of String Area Chair in 1986, where he has been instrumental in developing the highly successful string program.