William Skidmore has enjoyed an extensive career as both a teacher and performer. After studies leading to Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in cello performance at the University of Illinois, he taught the cello for ten years at the University of Maryland. He was very active as a performer while there, and he was featured in solo and chamber music concerts in and around the Washington, DC – Baltimore area. Included were concerts at the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and many other such venues. He also served as an extra cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra, and he occasionally filled in as principal Cellist of the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center resident orchestras.
Mr. Skidmore left the University of Maryland in 1973 to join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a member of the cello section. While there he performed with the Baltimore Symphony String Quartet, and he was co-principal cellist of the Orchestra Piccola, a small selective group from the Symphony.
In the fall of 1977 Mr. Skidmore joined the faculty of West Virginia University where he was a member of the American Arts Trio and Amart String Quartet. There he was featured in several television programs called “Musical Masterpieces”, which were produced for West Virginia Public Television and which was distributed to numerous state public television networks. Included in these programs were the complete set of five Beethoven Sonatas, Sonatas by Shostakovich and Brahms, and several chamber music works. With his wife, Dorothy, flutist, and pianist Herman Godes, he formed the Monongahela Trio. Having achieved recognition in the area, Mr. Skidmore was invited to be the Principal Cellist in the Ohio Valley Symphony, where he performed for nine years.
Mr. Skidmore’s principal teachers were Peter Farrell of the University of Illinois; Louis Potter, Jr., of Michigan State University; and the internationally acclaimed cellist, Leonard Rose.