Flawn Williams


Associate Professor of the Practice


Department of Performing Arts
General profile



+1 202-687-4509

Office hours

RF 3:30-4:30pm


Department of Performing Arts, Georgetown University,
(Ongoing, July 2008 to present)
• Designing and teaching several courses in music and spoken word recording and audio feature documentary production
• Supervising an audio recording control room facility as well as mobile audio recording packages
• Consulting with Georgetown University Library and other University departments about audio production
• Working on theatrical, musical, and spoken word performances by student and professional ensembles

Recordist, Producer, Sound Designer, and Consultant (Ongoing, 1980 to present)

• Field recordings of spoken word, music, and nature sounds from mono to surround sound
• Audio post production for features, documentaries and music
• Restoration services for troubled audio
• Extensive training and production experience with Avid Pro Tools software
• Experience or training with Final Cut Pro X, iZotope RX, Adobe Audition, and other software
• Past and current clients include Slate.com, This American Life, Washington National Opera, The Capitol Hill Chorale, Birdnote.org, Radiolab, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Washington Revels, American Public Media, The Augusta Heritage Center, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, American Routes, Atlantic Public Media, The Nature Sound Society, WFMT Chicago, The Local Initiative Support Corporation, and America Abroad Media

Audio Engineer and Senior Producer, National Public Radio network headquarters, Spring 1978 to Fall 2007

• A wide range of studio engineering, remote recording, production and training projects
• Technical Director of “All Things Considered” 1983-1985, 1997-1998 and 2007
• Technical Director of Music & Entertainment Programs 2000-2004
• Stereo and surround sound nature recordings and sound design for several 'Radio Expeditions' documentaries co-produced by NPR and National Geographic
• Engineer in charge of NPR News’ Midwest News Bureau, Chicago IL, 1985-1996
• Worked on projects which have won Peabody, Armstrong, Prix Italia, and many other broadcasting awards
• Overseas assignments in over twenty countries on five continents
• Taught workshops at NPR Music Recording Workshop, SUNY Fredonia NY, Summer 1987
• Senior Producer (temporary) for NPR's World of Opera series, summer 2008

Trainer for NPR 's "Next Generation Radio” Training Project, 1999 to 2007

• Teaching broadcast journalism to college-age and early-career minority journalists
• Pro Tools digital audio workstation production and field recording tutorials

Concert Sound Designer, Instructor and Vocal Week Coordinator
with the Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, WV, 1981 to present

• Designed and mixed sound reinforcement and recording for summer concert series, 1982 to 2002
• Consulted on recording and archiving of concerts and other events
• Teach classes in “Sound systems for acoustic musicians”
• Coordinator of Augusta’s annual Vocal Week program, and teach singing in various traditional and contemporary styles, 1996 to present
• Field recording trips with Augusta folklorists for oral history interviews and music
• Archival transfers from older audio recording formats to computer storage

Traveling Trainer for Corporation for Public Broadcasting On-Site Training Workshops, 1980s and 1990s
Designed and taught sessions at public radio and TV stations across the country:

• News Reporter Field Recording and Filing from the Field
• Newsroom Studio Production
• New Recording and Transmission Technologies
• Music Recording in Studio and on Remotes

Instructor in Radio-Television-Film Program, National High School Institute
a summer program of Northwestern University, Evanston IL, 1970-1975:

• taught intensive summer college-preparatory programs for high school students
• workshops included audio production, radio drama, and radio station operations and programming


  • B. S. in Radio-TV-Film (1974) Northwestern University, Speech (now Communications)