**EDITOR’S NOTE – Since the newspaper’s publication, this event has been cancelled/postponed. Look to Riderwood TV and the Riderwood Reporter Newspaper for updated information when it becomes available.**
By Leah Woodson
Member, JAM Committee
To celebrate the Easter Season, the Just All Music Committee (JAM) is pleased to bring to the Riderwood community Pipe Organ Master Everett P. Williams. This performance will be held on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Tickets will be on sale for $10.00 in all clubhouses on March 30 and 31 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Everett P. Williams grew up in Oakland, CA as the son of an African Methodist Episcopal minister. He went to church every Sunday, and he loved hearing music on piano and pipe organ. His interest in music made starting piano lessons at five years of age seems reasonable. By age eleven, Everett began to play the organ and direct the church choir. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Everett explored other performance arts in New York City by joining the “Voices In Inc.,” a theatrical repertory company. He did additional graduate study in New York at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Allen University in Columbia, SC.
Everett moved to the Washington area in 1981, where he taught in the Montgomery County school system and worked at Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C. He left Shiloh after 20 years and moved to Hartford Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. In 2005, Everett returned to Washington to become the organist at Asbury Methodist Church. He continues to work in music education and with the Montgomery County Youth Choir. Everett plays popular and sacred music, and he recently wrote an opera honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.