Founder/ Director of the William Joseph International Academy for Performing Art
Chairman of the William Joseph Music Foundation
Director & Conductor of the 100 year old Bangalore Musical Association
Founder Director & Conductor of the Indian National Symphony Orchestra
While his early learning in music and inspiration came from his father, Maestro J. T William Joseph, Dr. Williams was selected in 1985 under scholarship to pursue his professional studies of music in Manila, Philippines, where he specialized in conducting, voice, piano, guitar, organ, and ethnomusicology; and has done extensive research on the history, origin, and performance of the Sitar. He also had the opportunity to perform with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Asian Chorale.
Dr. Williams had the honor of being the only Indian to perform with the Asian Chorale during their tour of Sweden where they performed for the King and Queen. He has also performed as a soloist in the United Kingdom with the famous Liverpool Male Voice Ensemble. Rewrote the western music notation into Indian music notation to enable and encourage Indian musicians to be a part of the Global YouTube Symphony Orchestra
He has been honored by various other Institutions/Organizations within and outside the country.
In India, he is Director and Conductor of the Bangalore Musical Association, producing yearly classical concerts of serious Choral music. And is Director and Conductor of the Indian National Symphony Orchestra.
He was honored by the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Dec 27, 2008 for outstanding contribution to the state, in the field of music and music education.
Dr. Ashley Williams also received the Messenger of Peace Award from the International Cultural Development and Exchange group and the ICYE Germany, the decision to confer this Award was taken at a conference in Geneva to honor the Global Peace and Harmony Concerts held over the years. Received a special citation for his contribution and performance in Singapore with the Thailand Sanctuary Symphony Orchestra to raise funds for the Thailand Flood Victims. Was honored for his performance in Malaysia [Ipoh] a Charity concert to raise fund for the street children. Honored with the Best Citizens Award for 2013.
He has taught music in well known schools, has conducted one of the biggest Brass Ensembles and headed the Musical, Literary, and Cultural Departments.
Dr. Williams has also mentored at the Notre Dame Teachers’ Training College. This has led him to work closely with students across all ages and of all nationalities.
India's Superstar and karnataka's pride Deepika Pudokone was trained by Dr. Ashley Williams Last year's Miss. Earth Nicole Faira was also a student of Dr. Ashley Williams.
Dr. Ashley Williams has directed and produced many Broadway Musicals some of which are My Fair Lady, Man from La Mancha, Oliver Twist, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Jungle Book, and Annie, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, etc.