Dr. Carol Williams will step down as Civic Organist for the City of San Diego at the end of September. Dr. Williams and her husband, Kerry Bell, are pulling up stakes and relocating to Virginia where Bell has accepted a job offer, and where they will be closer to family. Dr. Williams shared the news with the audience at the finale concert of the 29th annual International Summer Organ Festival.
“Dr. Carol,” as is known fondly to the Spreckels Organ Society, will continue in her position as Artistic Director of the Society during the course of an international search for a new San Diego Civic Organist. Her last Sunday, 2:00 pm concert will be September 25, at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. After the move, she is looking forward to performing more private concerts around the world, and spending more time on her own compositions.
Plans are already underway for August 28, 2017 when Williams and the CWB will be back in San Diego to perform the final concert of the 2017 International Summer Organ Festival — a tribute to The Doors, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s.
Williams has served as San Diego Civic Organist since 2001, when she became the first woman in the world to hold the title. Dr. Williams, the Spreckels Organ Society and the City’s Park and Recreation Department are collaborating to sustain the regular schedule of Sunday concerts while the search for new Civic Organist goes on.