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William S. Carson, D.M.A.

Director of Bands
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5029 Broadview Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Coe College Music Department
1220 First Avenue Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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FAX: 319-399-8209


POSITIONS:          Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education, Professor of Music

                                Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 1990 - Present.


                                Guest Conductor


                                Woodwind Performer:

o        Cedar Rapids Symphony

o        Waterloo Symphony

o        Dubuque Symphony

o        Theatre Cedar Rapids

o        Miscellanous ensembles

o        Founder, Bill Carson Big Band, Coe Faculty Jazz Quartet.

Recent Honors and Publications:


Business Manager

Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Municipal Band, June 1992 - September 2004. 


                                Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies

Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire, August 1984 - August 1988.


                                Graduate Teaching Assistant, Arizona State University, August 1988 - May 1990. 


                                Intern:  Arizona State University, August 1988 - May 1990.



                                Music Coordinator, Director of Instrumental Music

West Lafayette (IN) Community School Corporation, June 1983 - August 1984. 


                                Music Director: Carbondale (IL) Community High School, August 1981 - June 1983.


                                Graduate Teaching Assistant, Instrumental Conducting, Clarinet

                                Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, August 1979 - August 1981.


                                Additional Conducting Experience



                                Additional Teaching Experience

·         Conducting Coach, Music Theory Tutor, ASU

·         Clarinet Instructor, South Mountain Arts Magnet School (AZ)

·         New Hampshire Music Festival School

·         Private Instructor, Iowa, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire

·         Student Teacher, Mount Vernon Township High School (IL)

·         Counselor, National Music Camp at Interlochen (MI) and Ferris State College (MI) Summer Music Camp


                                Adjudication Experience

·         Cedar Rapids Symphony Guild Concerto Auditions

·         Cedar Rapids Schools Scholarship Competition

·         Illinois All-State Auditions

·         ASU, SIU, and Coe Honor Band Auditions

·         New Hampshire, Iowa, and Arizona Solo and Ensemble Festivals and Large Group and Jazz Contests

·         Mesa Symphony Orchestra Guild Young Artist Competition Auditions.


                                Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone Performing Experience

·         ASU Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Lyric Opera Theatre (AZ)

·         New England Wind Ensemble, Quintessence, Lakes Region Orchestra, and Play'rs Jazz Orchestra (NH)

·         Lafayette Citizens Band, Lafayette Symphony (IN)

·         SIU Wind Ensemble, Rend Lake Symphony, SIU Symphony (IL)

·         Macalester Concert Band, Macalester Symphony (MN)

·         free-lance orchestras, chamber ensembles, and jazz groups, as well as opera and musical orchestras


                                Additional instrumental performing experience on brass, percussion, and both string and electric bass. 


                                Additional vocal performing experience:  Roles in musicals, oratorio; chorus in opera, musicals, and oratorio; choral experience (including with the Minnesota Symphony).


                                Jazz performance and rehearsal experience with guest artists at Coe College and Plymouth State College Jazz Festivals and Concerts: 


·      Richard Stoltzman

·      Randy Brecker

·      Ed Shaughnessy

·      Byron Stripling

·      Danny Gottlieb

·      the  Brubeck Brothers Trio

·      Kim Parks

·      Paul McKee

·      Andy LaVerne

·      the Rich Daniels Trio

·      Antonio Garcia

·      Lou Fischer

·      Shelly Berg

·      Jim Mair

·      Frank Mantooth

·      James Warrick

·      Mike Parkinson

·      Ted DiSanti

·      Victor Mestas

·      Delbert Bernabela

·      Ron Carter (saxophonist)

·      Jazz rehearsals at Stanford University Jazz Workshop with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Jim McNeely, George Mraz, Victor Lewis.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Music:

                                Arizona State University, completed, June 1992.

·         Graduate Conducting Assistant for ASU Symphonic Band

·         Graduate Teaching Assistant for Woodwind Methods Classes

·         Cumulative GPA 4.0/4

·         Band Activity Scholarship, Regents Graduate Academic Tuition Scholarship

·         Only music graduate student elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1992

·         Dissertation: “A History of the Northshore Concert Band, Wilmette, Illinois, 1956-1986: The First Thirty Years.”


                                Doctoral Studies in Instrumental Music: 

                                Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Summers, 1985, 1987.

·         Cumulative GPA 4.0/4.


                                Master of Music in Conducting, August 1981:

                                Southern Illinois University

·         Cumulative GPA 3.84/4

·         SIU Scholar

·         Graduate Conducting Assistant for Orchestra, Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre, Summer Theatre, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Salukis

·         Elected to Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.


                                Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude in Conducting, Clarinet, and Voice, December, 1978:  Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

·         Assistant Conductor for Macalester Orchestra, Band, and Opera Chorus

·         Macalester representative to St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Young Conductors' Workshop

·         Internship with Minnesota Opera, Philip Brunelle

·         National Merit Scholar


                                Additional study

·         New England Conservatory of Music

·         Stanford University

·         Northern Illinois University at Music Educators National Conference

·         University of Michigan at Interlochen.


Teachers include

·         Conductors of Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Tempe Symphony, Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Civic Symphony, St. Paul Opera, Orchestra of the Academy Musashino, American Kantorei, Dale Warland Singers, and Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre

·         Principal clarinetists of Minnesota and St. Louis Symphonies

·         National Music Camp Faculty

·         Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty, Jim McNeely, Stan Getz.


·         Iowa State Chair, National Band Association (1996 - 2004)

·         Iowa Bandmasters Association, College Affairs Chairperson (1992-1996), Executive Committee, founder/coordinator, Iowa College All-Star Concert Band

·         Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

·         International Association of Jazz Educators

·         Kappa Kappa Psi band honorary

·         Phi Kappa Phi, former President of Coe College Chapter

·         Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary.

Supporting materials available upon request.


On the Path to Excellence - The Northshore Concert Band: Paynter, Buehlman, and Beyond, Meredith Music (Distributed by Hal Leonard), 2003.


“A History of the Northshore Concert Band, Wilmette, Illinois, 1956-1986:  The First Thirty Years,” Arizona State University, 1992.  Recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award granted by the Council for Research in Music Education.  Summary of research accepted for publication in Alta Musica, journal of the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music; runner-up, Fritz Thelen Wind Band Research Prize. 


Recent Articles:

“Grainger’s ‘Spoon River’ for Band,” Hoard House: News from the Grainger Museum, Mebourne, Australia, Issue 8:  June 2008.


“Katsista” in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume VII, GIA Publications, 2008.


 “Gustav Holst,” “Alban Berg,” “Charles Mingus,” “Meredith Willson,” and “Percy Grainger,” articles in dictionary,  Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century, Salem Press, 2008.


 “St. Florian Choral” in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume V, GIA Publications, 2004.


 “Valdres” in Teaching Music Through Performing Marches, GIA Publications, 2003.


"John Coltrane," article in dictionary, Popular Musicians, Salem Press, 1999. 


 “Top Ten List,”  Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Fall 2000.


 “It’s All in How You Look At It,” Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Summer 2000.


 “It’s All in How You Look At It,” National Band Association Magazine, Winter 2000.


"Hats Off!" Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Winter 1999.


"A Salute to Duke Ellington," Iowa Music Educator, Summer 1999.


"A Special Place," Iowa Music Educator, Spring 1999.


"It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times . . . ," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Winter 1998.


"It's Never Too Late," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Fall 1998.


"Making the Connection," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Summer 1998.


"Conventional Wisdom," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Spring 1998.


"Impressions:  John Coltrane, Searching Within and Reaching Out," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Winter 1998.


"The Importance of Articulation," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Fall 1997.


"National Band Association Corner," Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Summer 1997, Winter 1997.


"Abstract: A History of the Northshore Concert Band, Wilmette, Illinois, 1956-1986:  The First Thirty Years," The Bulletin of The Council for Research in Music Education, Spring, 1994. 

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