Laurie Williams is a violist and has been a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra since 1994. Laurie is currently serving as the interim String Education instructor for Texas Tech University while pursuing her PhD of Fine Arts. She also serves as conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra for the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock. Laurie has been an active conductor and teacher with youth symphony programs in Lubbock since 1997. She has held teaching positions throughout Texas since 1991. Previous orchestra director positions have been held in San Antonio, Amarillo, and in Lubbock at Monterey High School. She is a trumpet player as well and has held previous band positions in Ralls and at Cavazos Middle School. She is a member of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association and the American String Teachers Association. Mrs. Williams has been nominated twice for publication in the ³Who¹s Who Among American High School Teachers² directory. She is an active judge and clinician around the state. Mrs. Williams earned both her Master and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Texas Tech University where she studied with Richard Tolley and Susan Schoenfeld. She is married to Todd Williams and has four sons, Justin, Connor, Sawyer and Carson.