William Campbell is an improviser and composer of music for theater, dance, film and the concert stage.


WILLIAM CAMPBELL (b. 1969) is a composer, pianist and improviser whose music may be heard over radio stations, at conferences and festivals, in concert halls, faith communities, movie theaters, and dance and dramatic events. He has been awarded with honors of scholarship and teaching from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Oregon and Pima Community College. Composition awards include ASCAPPlus Award (2010, 2011), the Penfield Music Commission Project Composition Prize (2006), a Waging Peace International Composition Special Honor (2003), a Tucson/Pima Arizona Arts Fellowship (1999) and the 1995 Jim Highsmith Award from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for his orchestral work, Sinfonietta.  In 2011 the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theater Festival awarded his original score for a new adaptation for Oedipus Rex.

Recent premieres include the Quintet for Piano and Strings commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of Churches United and premiered in April 2011 by himself and the Maia Quartet. He often collaborates with dance and theater groups including the Latina Dance Project’s international touring show Coyolxauhqui ReMembers.  He also works with socially conscious independent filmmakers in movies such as BombHunters and Finding Face by Spin Film, and composed the music for the recent independent release of Cadaver Christmas.  His concert band music is published by BRS Music, and has been played throughout the country and featured at the MidWest Band Clinic. As a pianist and improviser, he performed with the acclaimed Sonoran Consort with whom he released two commercial CDs.  Last spring he released a new CD of solo piano songs that is available through all major outlets.  Projects include the orchestral premiere of Coyote Dances by the Quad City Symphony in the spring of 2012.  Additionally, churches nationwide sing his music for worship every Sunday.

William is a member of ASCAP and CCLI, and is a board member of the Iowa Composers Forum. He earned degrees from the University of Arizona (B.M.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and the University of Oregon (Ph.D.). His dissertation was Earth Mass, a contemporary ecological, liturgical expression. He has led contemporary music at churches for over 15 years, and is the coordinator of contemporary music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. A passionate educator, he has taught music theory, composition, technology and world music classes at Pima Community College and Missouri State University. William is Associate Professor of Music Theory & Composition and Chair of the Music Department at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Describe your music

Coyote Dances (for Orchestra)

Piano Quintet

CD:  Piano Songs