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“They really play off each other and in a way teaching is similar to performance. You have to plan, you have to be prepared, but you also have to make that connection in real time. You have to be flexible…. I can’t imagine one without the other. I think my performing would be more lackluster, my teaching kind of dull if I did one without the other.”

—Jean Martin-Williams on her dual career as a professor and as a professional musician, performing with the Georgia Woodwind Quartet as well as with orchestras throughout the world.


Jean Martin-Williams

Professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Director, Lilly Teaching Fellows

B.A., M.A. and D.M.A. in Horn Performance, Manhattan School of Music, New York

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship


Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker, shot on location at the Whitmire Farm in Bishop, Ga., with horses, riders and assistance from the UGA Equestrian program. The horn she is holding is a historical reproduction of a natural, or valveless, horn handcrafted by Richard Seraphinoff. A natural horn was used to signal the start of the hunt and is the predecessor to the modern horn.