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Famed Trumpeter, Organist Performing At Tuckahoe Church

Bill Owens, the associate principal trumpet player of the West Point Concert Band, pictured, and organist Craig Williams, choirmaster of the West Point Chapel, will be performing works from Handel to Copland in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Contributed
Craig S. Williams demonstrates the Console of the Wicks organ at the Old Cadet Chapel at West Point. He and trumpeter Bill Owens will be performing in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Trumpet player Bill Owens and organist Craig S. Williams will be performing works by Handel, Zipoli, Hohvaness, and Copland in Tukahoe next week.

Asbury United Methodist Church has engaged the two musicians as part of its professional concert series, Music at Asbury.

The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.

Owens is the associate principal trumpet player of the West Point Concert Band; Williams is organist and choirmaster of the West Point Chapel.

The concert is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, visit, or call (914) 779-3722

Owens is also a member of the West Point Brass Quintet and the mixed ensemble, Quintette 7.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony and was a member of the national touring ensemble, Presidio Brass.

Owens is the artistic director of the Purchase Symphonic Winds and a member of the chamber music faculty at SUNY Purchase.

According to the church, Williams has been recognized as one of our country’s preeminent concert organists, giving recitals and workshops in the most prominent cathedrals throughout the country.

Also a Julliard graduate, Williams has a master’s in piano performance from school and his bachelor’s in music from the University of Southern California.

He is an adjunct professor of organ at Nyack College and serves on the conservatory faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., where he teaches a professional certification program for church musicians.

Music at Asbury, launched in 2014 under the auspices of Asbury-Crestwood United Methodist Church, is designed to serve as a social service to the community.

Church officials said epecial efforts are made to connect with local agencies and facilities that serve the elderly, young people and lower- income families and adults.

On Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m., the church will host a performance by alumni of Asbury Summer Theatre titled “Quiet, Please, There’s a Lady On Stage: A Tribute to Judy Garland.

And on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m., the Young People’s Chorus of New York, the premier children’s choir in the United States, will present a program under the directorship of conductor Elizabeth Nunez. The chorus won five gold medals at last year’s Golden Gate International Choral Competition.

For more information about the concert series, call Mary E. Thombs at Asbury United Methodist Church at (917) 533-5747, or email her at

The church is located at 167 Scarsdale Road. Ample parking is available.

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