Dr. Jean Martin-Williams is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. She teaches horn, directs the University of Georgia Horn Choir, coaches chamber music, and is a member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Martin-Williams is also the Director of UGA's Lilly Teaching Fellows program, under the auspices of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has a passion for teaching and improving pedagogy and served on the University committee that established the First Year Odyssey Seminar program.
Before joining the University of Georgia faculty, she was a full-time performer in New York City, performing in a variety of chamber and orchestral settings including the Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the New York Chamber Symphony. She continues to be an active performer and is a member of the New York Pops Orchestra. During the summer, she has served on the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and the Chamber Music Center of the Northeast at Bennington College in Vermont. Dr. Martin-Williams has published in The Horn Call and she is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the International Horn Competition of the Americas.
As a soloist, chamber musician, and lecturer, Dr. Martin-Williams has appeared at the Georgia Music Educators conference, the Southeast Horn Workshop, the International Horn Society conference, the International Trumpet Conference, the International Double Reed Society, Music Educators National Conference, International Society of Music Educators, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference. In 2001 and 2007, she hosted the Southeast Horn Workshop. She also hosted the International Horn Society symposium in 1999 and the Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year competition in 2001.
Dr. Martin-Williams has performed in many states and countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Russia. She has recorded with the New York Chamber Symphony, the New York Pops, the Georgia Woodwind Quintet and the Atlanta Symphony, including the Grammy-award winning Berlioz Requiem. A native of Decatur, Georgia, Dr. Martin-Williams attended the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and the Manhattan School of Music, from which she was the first brass player to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She lives in Athens with her husband, Financial Specialist Moffatt Williams, their children Katie Sue and Grier, and their two endearing dogs, Zoey and Annabelle.