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June Williams

June Williams started out in her early years learning to appreciate great music. Driving all the way from Estill County, her parents brought her to the University of Kentucky Concert and Lecture series beginning when she was elementary school age and continuing for the next twelve or so years where she heard performances from many of the worlds’ greatest artists. She began piano lessons at EKU at the age of 5 adding voice and clarinet lessons later in her middle school years. She received degrees and
certifications from both EKU and UK. Her musical experiences beginning in college include: Europa Cantat in Namur, Belgium, The Stephen Foster Story (with future Met baritone, Richard Stillwell as Stephen), vocal director in the Lexington Musical Theater production of The King and I, past member of the Lexington Singers, past member of Musicks Company with the late Donna Boyd, director of three European Concert Tours with singers from Scott County and surrounding counties, played the Barbarina
role in two different productions of The Marriage of Figaro with Phyllis Jenness as director, played the Mother role in Amahl and the Night Visitors , was chairperson for KMEA All-State Chorus for two different terms, and was guest soloist, conductor and adjudicator for many events/organizations over her career. June’s music teaching career includes Grant County Schools, Henry Clay High School and Scott County Schools where she established one of the earliest piano labs in the public schools in Kentucky at that time. Her choirs were well respected and given many accolades over the years as well as being chosen to perform with the Louisville Orchestra in one of their Christmas Specials. Over her career years and into retirement June has continued to teach some private voice and piano. One of her former students will be a senior this coming fall semester (2022) in the University of
Kentucky opera, voice and piano programs. After retiring from teaching at Scott County High School, June began an eighteen year stint of teaching water aerobics at the Scott County Parks and Rec Pavilion in Georgetown. She was married to the late Jack Williams from Paintsville and she has two children: Julie Cron, school counselor at Fredrick Douglass High School in Lexington and Jared Williams, the Bridgestone general manager of motorcycle tires in the United States and Canada who lives in Nashville.