Joan Franks Williams

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Joan Franks Williams (1 April 1930 – 30 January 2003) was an American composer.


Joan Franks was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1952. She continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1961.[1]

After completing her studies, she settled in Seattle and married Irving Williams. The couple moved to Tel-Aviv in 1971, and she became responsible for contemporary music programs at Kol Israel Radio and for several years produced an annual series of three concerts at the Tel-Aviv Museum.[2] She was honored with the ACUM Prize and was nominated for the Israel Prize in Music. The family returned to Seattle in 1988, and Williams died there of complications from Parkinson's disease.[3]


Williams was known for creative compositions. Selected works include:

  • From Paterson (Text: William Carlos Williams)
  • Frogs, 1974


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Jewish quarterly: Volumes 33-34". 1986.
  3. ^ Wright, Sarah Anne. "Joan Williams, performer, contemporary music creator". Seattle Times. Retrieved 10 December 2010.