Mrs. Kerri G. Williams

Piano, Violin, Viola, Voice Teacher

Kerri Williams

SAA Member


Pine Forge, PA

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, mezzo-soprano Kerri Laurence Williams is a vocal and violin soloist, piano accompanist, a music educator, church musician, choral and string ensemble director, and published songwriter/arranger.  Her piano and violin studies began at the Chicago Conservatory of Music with H. Aylsa Crane. She continued piano with Claire Despres Oppenheim. She studied voice with James Tolliver, Rita McKinley Pride, and Rochelle Ellis. She studied violin with Charles Parker and Barbara Creider.

Kerri completed a B. A. in Music and a B. S. in Elementary Education from then named Oakwood College, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College, a Master of Voice Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and a M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy and Counseling, Music Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in various music educational methodologies, including Kindermusik, Orff-Schulwerk, Dalcroze Eurythmics, and Suzuki instruction (violin, piano).  Currently, Kerri is completing a D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University.

Kerri performs internationally as a soloist and as a member of Singing City of Philadelphia, and is the leader of Ujima Strings, a student ensemble. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (and the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association), and serves on the board of the SAA and the GPSA. Other memberships include the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Music Therapy Association. Kerri is the music educator for Hillside, Sharon Temple, and Jessie R. Wagner Seventh-day Adventist Schools, and is an adjunct music instructor at the Pine Forge Academy. She maintains a private studio where she teaches piano, violin/viola, guitar and voice for preschoolers through adults. She is the Music Director at the Grace Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist church.

In her spare time, Kerri is working on publishing and recording projects of her compositions and arrangements. A teacher at heart, Kerri loves performing, but her proudest accomplishment is enabling and sharing in the successes of the many students and mentees who now perform as active and professional musicians in their own right.