Paul Williams, a native of North Carolina, has written for Classical Voice of North Carolina since early in 2007. For several years he was a reviewer for the News & Observer in Raleigh. He believes that the reviewer should seek out the positive aspects of a performance, particularly when the performers are amateurs. Except for the most egregious cases then, more oblique references may be made to areas in need of improvement.
He is a graduate of Furman and Auburn universities. He retired from the electronic computing industry, and later from a secondary career teaching mathematics and computer courses at Shaw University. He has also taught in adjunct status at Auburn University, Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
His interest in music springs from early studies in high school and college, but still more so from a lifetime of listening and appreciating. That time spread has included multiple years as a choral performer. In fact, vocal music tends to move him like no other form. (To fill out his all-time favorite vocal spectrum, he would choose soprano Zinka Milanov, contralto Christa Ludwig, and tenor Richard Crooks. Innate modesty forbids that he identify his favorite baritone.)
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