From Carol Joy Williams
Carol Joy Williams was born in the delightful city of Pretoria, South Africa, to a wonderfully musical family. The very first thing that she wanted to be ‘when she grew up’ was a gypsy and then an opera singer. Seeing as both of these have yet to happen, perhaps she is not ‘all grown up’ just yet. She had the privilege of starting piano lessons at the age of 4 and from that young age she was improvising, writing songs and letting her imagination go wild.
At the age of 14 Carol had the opportunity to start cello lessons. this was a dream come true. The beautiful range of notes and emotion that a cello evokes has always fascinated her. After completing school and many formal music exams she decided to go overseas to travel and work for a year. This was a wonderful experience and travelling remains something that she loves and would like to do more of.
Returning to the University of Pretoria in 2004 to commence her studies in education and cello, She continued her cello studies with Berthine van Schoor. After her undergraduate degree she discovered the world of Music Therapy and was accepted to continue her studies, doing her Masters in Music Therapy. It was during this time that Carol began to realise that she also wanted to pursue music performance and composition. It took a few more years to gather her courage and start writing her own music. 'from dust to heaven’s lights' is her first project and has been – and continues to be – a wonderful journey of expression and creativity. This has given her a great platform to collaborate within the arts and to explore her creativity with sound. It combines her love of piano, cello and singing as well as the most important thing to her: reflecting her beautiful Creator.