As the owner and founder of Williams Fine Violins & Luthier Studios, Dustin Art Williams’ background is tailor made for this responsibility. His artistic family background, years of experience as a professional musician, undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, his first career as a public school orchestra teacher in Texas, and as a successful graduate of the Violin Making School of America led him to open Williams Fine Violins & Luthier Studios in June of 2004.
Dustin Art Williams holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a double major in double bass and classical guitar and a double minor in violin and cello from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX and an Master of Arts degree in Music Education from West Texas A&M University where he studied double bass performance with David Murray.
After six years teaching in the McAllen, TX public schools as Assistant Orchestra Director of Rowe H.S., Head Orchestra Director of Lincoln M.S., Low String Specialist for the district and Director of the McAllen Double Bass Program, Dustin Art Williams changed careers to become a professional luthier.
Dustin is a graduate of the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Peter Paul Prier, Charles Wolf, and Boris deGranda. With an intensive four-year program, the VMS of A is the Alma Mater of many of today’s finest violin makers and restorers working in top ateliers and high-end violin shops throughout the world.
With sponsorship from the Gary Karr Double Bass Foundation, Dustin spent nine months studying the concepts and ideas of double bass maker James Ham in Victoria, B.C., Canada before moving to Tennessee.
Over the years, Dustin has performed with many orchestras as a double bassists, usually as Principal Bass. Among them include the Abilene Tri-College Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Rio Grande Valley Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, New American Symphony, and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra. He has also served as the conductor of the Lincoln Youth Orchestra of Northern Utah for four years, classical guitar instructor of the South Texas Community College in McAllen, TX and Howard Payne Univ. in Brownwood, TX, sales manager of Peter Prier & Sons Violin in Salt Lake City, and most recently as interim conductor of the Head Magnet M.S. Orchestra in Nashville. In 2012 he became a Charter Member and Treasurer of the Southern Violin Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of violin making and repair in the Southern United States. Dustin also founded and serves as the chairman of the Luthier’s Competition for the International Society of Bassists which held its sixth bi-annual double bass making competition in the summer of 2013. During the International Society of Bassists 2011 convention in San Francisco, California, Dustin was honored as a “Friend of the Bass” in recognition of the work he has done promoting modern double bass making. In addition to his work at Williams Fine Violins, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two children, Dustin also teaches the Strings Methods course at Lipscomb University.