Eunice Williams strikes a chord with music lovers

Eunice Williams is a San Diego Community College instructor and music director for the Pacificaires, the NOTEables and the Cedar Center Chorus. Members of these choirs have performed in France and England, as well as at the Lincoln Center in New York City. They will travel to NYC again in June to perform at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, the singers will travel to Hungary to join international groups at the Europe Cantat.

Williams received her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and her master’s from California State University, Fullerton. In 2010,

SD Metropolitan

magazine named her a Metro Mover. In 2011, she was among

San Diego

magazine’s Women of the Year.

Williams served as a co-chair of Scripps Clinic Renaissance Ball and on the board of the UC San Diego Library Friends. She’s been married to Dr. Gary Williams of Scripps Clinic for 25 years.

What brought you to La Jolla?

We are so lucky to have landed in the very best place. Who wouldn’t want to live here? I had never really heard of La Jolla when we moved here, but I thank my first husband for accepting his job offer.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would like to rid the Village of the odor that we have all experienced lately. When you hear a child walking with his parents say, “What’s that awful smell?” we all know something has to be done.

Who or what inspires you?

That would be the power of music to restore and enliven those who make it and listen to it, and all of the wonderful acts of kindness and generosity that I witness on a daily basis.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My husband, Gary, is the most interesting person I know, so he’s got to be there, and then, of course, all of our family. Beyond that, I would really love to bring back Gershwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachmaninoff, Anne Frank, Bach and Dostoyevsky. I’d also like to include my dad and two wonderful choir members, Morrell Martin and Adelina DeJesus, who we’ve lost in the last few months.

What is it that you most dislike?

Herring, but my husband loves it, so it’s always here.

What are your five favorite movies?

I really liked “Nashville,” a real oldie from Altman; and the Coen brothers’ “Fargo.” More recently, I enjoyed “Les

Misérables” (for the music), “Gravity” and “The Butler.”

What do you do for fun?

Writing, playing and singing lots of music! Couple that with lots of exercise, watching movies, and reading books, too.

What is your most-prized possession?

That would be two grand pianos — Steinway and a Kawai. I know it’s pretty excessive, unless you have someone who

can play the other piano with you on a regular basis, but even then, it’s pretty excessive.

What is your philosophy of life?

Carpe diem. Keep calm and carry on!

What would be your dream vacation?

I would love to take the entire family to a big house for a week in Australia or Hawaii or somewhere in California.