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Project Management Institute Seminar - Certificate of training (2003)

Depaul University, Chicago IL - Graduate coursework in Marketing (1985)

Webster University, St. Louis MO - MA in Management and Human Relations (1983)

American Management Association (AMA) - Seminar studies in management (1982)
Army Personnel School Ft. Harrison IN - Diploma, Personnel and Organizational Administration (1980)
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA - Graduate coursework in Music Composition (1979)
Army School of Music, Norfolk VA - Diploma, Performance (bass) (1978)
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA - Bachelor of Music in Composition (1976),

Private Instruction with Dr. Hugo Norden - Counterpoint; Michael Gibbs, Jazz Composition (1975) [to top]



Columbia College Chicago (February 1997- Present)
Full Time Faculty - Arts Entertainment Media Management Program (AEMMP) (Tenured February 1998)

Duties (1999 - 2008):
-Coordinate the Music Business Concentration to include supervising fourteen instructors
-Develop and coordinate the Computer Uses For Managers curriculum to include interviewing and hiring part-time instructors
-Teach music production and music business classes
-Advise undergraduate and graduate students to include development of Graduate Thesis

-Through meetings with part-time faculty, revised the multi-section production curriculum and the multi-section
Computer Uses For Managers Curriculum to insure consistency horizontally and vertically.
-Developed new cross-sectional syllabi for both areas to insure the AEMMP could gather necessary
data for future formal student assessment of these areas
Through redesign of course curriculum in Music Production, helped increase the total number
of music business students to be the highest by concentration in the college for the first time.

Teach Music Business and Production classes

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum (October 2003 -October 2004)
Executive Director

-Promote synergy and performance advantages to achieve business and operational improvements.
-Gain and sustain the commitment of Board of Director leadership, ensuring the engagement of all team members,
and providing opportunities for involvement in the program that embrace's the artists and the community.
-Assume responsibility and accountability for the financial performance of the museum.
-Provide on-going results (metrics) to demonstrate that the museum goals and objectives are on target.

-Raised $140,000 through the implementation of a fund raising plan and founded the Above and Beyond Patriot Award
-Developed community visibility and met with Mayor Richard Daley to discuss the Museum plans
-Developed and implemented plans that provided for the completion of the third floor exhibit areaat a cost of $104,000.00

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Columbia College Chicago
Artist-in- Residence (September1996 - January 1997)

Sound and Management Department
-Developed course concept for, and taught, Computer-Based Sound Production (Sound)
Instructor of Introduction to Management (AEMMP)

Artist-In Residence Music Department (September1990 - September 1996)   
 -Wrote curriculum and taught:
Studio Production for Musicians curriculum

Computer Music Printing (Finale) course
Music Theory For Engineers course
Demo Production     

-Department Coordinator for the multi-section Music Workshop freshman classes    
-Instructor of Harmony and Ear Training, Orchestration and Music Theory 

Part-time faculty, Music Department
(September 1989 - May 1990)
-Instructor of Introduction to Music Theory 

Served on the All College Council, Tenure Committee, Curriculum Committee, Harassment Committee and other college wide committees [to top]

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Sherwood Conservatory of Music - (February 1987 - December 1989)
Music Instructor/ Jazz &Commercial Music Coordinator
-Private instructions - Guitar, Jazz Harmony, Jazz History

-Creator and Director of the Sherwood Conservatory of Music Jazz ensemble program

Recruiting: Through on-site personal communications with high school band directors, recruited students from New Trier High School, Curry High School and other Chicago Public schools, to participate in the Jazz ensemble. The Sherwood Jazz Ensemble was the first student ensemble to play as part of the National Academy of Record Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Grammy In The --- Schools Program
-Rehearsing/Conducting: Composed, arranged and conducted jazz, rock/pop and seasonal music for the jazz ensemble
-Community Service: The Sherwood Jazz Ensemble performed for community based organizations to include performances at commercial banks
-Founded and developed the curriculum for Commercial Music Studies

-Purchased and installed an eight stationed music synthesizer lab
-Instructor of MIDI Concepts for Beginners, MIDI for Educators (for Chicago Public School Teachers), Music Printing with Finale and Demo Production [to top]

United States Army Reserve - Army Warrant Officer Bandmaster (February 1990 to December 1994)

 -Manage $100,000.00 budget
-Recruit new band members
-Conduct Army Reserve Band as part of the United Sates Army Morale and Welfare initiatives. Conducted in concert, music from Berlioz to John Williams
-Coordinate and organize community-based performances
-Counsel and advise 30 member ensemble as it relates to professional and personal growth
-Respond effectively and efficiently to directives and requirements from superiors

Northeastern Illinois University (1984)
Part Time Faculty
-Developed and taught a course in Jazz Harmony

United States Regular Army - Captain, Adjutant Generals Corp. (February 1977 – February 1987)


Berklee College of Music (June 1976 to December 1977)
Taught jazz harmony and ensemble performance

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Music Publisher-One Omik Music-BMI/ Harry Fox Publications
-Applied Music Theory For Managers Engineers Producers and Artists(2nd Edition) -Textbook (2002)
-Applied Music Theory For Managers Engineers Producers and Artists -Textbook (2002)
-The Digital Producer - Professional Paper for Berklee Alumni Newsletter (2001)
-Classical Music in Chicago - Professional Research Paper for the Newberry Library and their History of Chicago Encyclopedia (1995)
-Diagonal Harmony- Manuscript, a new concepts in compositional harmony (unpublished).
-The Evolving Symphony Orchestra - Professional paper presented at the Columbia College Arts and Collaborations Symposium (December 1995.
-Music scores and arrangements

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Commercial Record Company - Little Beck Music (LBM) Producer and Engineer Releases:
-Kimo and The Paumalu Symphony -War Stories featuring Mike Stern,Victor Bailey,and others, received critical reviews to include four and one half stars from Downbeat magazine.
-Carol Williams - Self-titled CD 1991
-Carol Williams - Small Town Girl 1997
-Carol Williams - Musical Prayers 1998
-Carol Williams - I Can Live With That 2006
-Kimotion - A Streetcar Named Desire (music from the Steppenwolf production)
-Kimo Williams and Kimotion - Tracking featuring Michael Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Victor Bailey and other nationally recognized jazz artist
Kimo Williams and Kimotion - Kimotion Live with Vinnie Vinnie Colaiuta
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Buffalo Soldiers -Three symphonies performed by the St Petersburg
Russian Symphony includes Symphony For The Sons of Nam, Fanfare For Life and Buffalo Soldiers.

Engineer/Owner- Recording facility (LBM Recording Studio) Constructed and managed a commercial music recording facility.

Multi-Media Development and Productions (LBM Multimedia)

Plan, construct and produce multi-media Web-based and Computer-based productions


     On-line interactive web-based courses

     Flash oriented presentation platforms

     Student Orientation/recruiting DVD for the Arts Entertainment Media Management Program (in development)

Music Production Services (LBM Productions)
-Computer-based music printing (Finale)
-Musical group performances - Duos to Big Band
-Electric Bass performer
-Compose Music for Theater and Dance
-Musical Director Services

-Affection - ballet performed by the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago (June 1997)
-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Musical Director at the Goodman Theater (1997) (received positive review from the Wall Street Journal)
-A Street Car Named Desire - Composed music for The Steppenwolf Theaters production (1997) (received positive reviews relating to the music)
-Mozart's' Don Giovanni and Marriage of Figaro - instrumental orchestral arrangement for Fanfare/Intersound Records' Enhanced CD release - release date May 1996

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Professional Activities:
Music Director/Founder/Guitarist/Arts Manager

Arts Management Consultant/Instructor - Developed and implemented a web-based marketing instructional platform for the Sebelius Academy in Helsinki Finland (2207)
Musical Director
for The Lt. Dan Band with co-founder actor /musician Gary Sinise (ltdanband.com) (currently)

Arts Management Consultant (panelist) - State of Illinois Arts Council (2000)
Arts Management Consultant (adjudicator) - State of Michigan's Arts Council, (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005)

Conducted on-site evaluations of musical arts organizations and provided detailed assessment reports on submitted grant proposals. Organizations include:
-The Detroit Symphony
-The Grand Rapids Symphony
-University Music Society
City of Chicago Commission to Establish a Vietnam War memorial: Designed the Logo with Artists Gary Tinnery and suggested the phrase"Chicago Remembers" which was eventually inscribed.(2005)

Awards/Honors [to top]

Fulbright Specialist, Selected - Develop international program on American Jazz History and improvisation and it relations to Cultural Identity - (2007-2012)

Chicago Magazine, Recipient - Chicagoan of The Year (2006)
NEA Continental Harmony Project, Winner
- Commission A Symphony of Place (2001)

Columbia College Chicago, Winner - Faculty Development Award (2001)

Detroit Symphony, Finalist - African American Composers Competition - Buffalo Soldiers (2000)

Lancaster Symphony Composers Award, 38th Recipient - for contributions to American Music, (1999)
Illinois Arts Council, Composer Fellowship Award, Recipient (1999)

Dictionary of Black Composers - One of 200 composers selected for inclusion (1999)

Columbia College Chicago, Winner - Faculty Development Award (1998)

African American Academy of Arts and Letters, Induction (1996)
Columbia College Chicago, Finalist - Teacher of the Year (1996)

Detroit Symphony, Finalist Black Composers Competition - Symphony For The Sons of Nam (1991)
Savannah Symphony, Winner - Black Composers Competition - Symphony For The Sons of Nam (1991)

League of Black Women The Black Rose Award, Recipient - for service to the community (1989)

Fort Sheridan Photography Contest Winner - Won first and second prize (1983)


United States Service Organization (USO) - Board member

National Association Record Industry Professionals (NARIP)

Project Management Institute (current)

The Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - Past Governor /Vice President and current member.

National Music Publishers Association, (NMPA) - One Omik Music Publisher member

Broadcast Music Incorporated BMI, - Writer/Publisher member

Chicago Youth Symphony - Past board member

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum -Past board member

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) - Past member

International Association of Jazz Educators - Past member [to top]

Military History:
Bandmaster Commander - United States Army Reserve Warrant Officer and Commander of the 85th Division Reserve Band at Fort Sheridan IL (1989 -1994)
Captain - US Army Administration Corps (1980-1989)
Marketing Officer - For the Chicago Recruiting District of the US Army Recruiting initiatives:
Responsibilities included developing marketing strategies, evaluating advertising efforts and recommending alternative advertising to include media buys for specific markets (1983-1986)
US Army Bandsman - Performed on guitar, electric bass and percussion as a musician for the US Army (1978-1980)

Viet Nam Veteran - Combat Engineer (1970-1971)

Received Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awarded by the Vietnam Government and a US Army medal for work as a music performer for troops stationed in remote fighting locations [to top]

James Kimo Williams Email: kimo@omik.com Web: www.omik.com


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