About

William Campbell (b. 1969) is a composer, performer and teacher 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, and in 2011 was inducted as a Salpointe Catholic High School Distinguished Alumni (Tucson, AZ). Composition awards include multiple ASCAPPlus Awards, 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.

You can listen to his music score for the movie 50 Feet From Syria by streaming the movie live on Netflix.  Recent concert premieres include Where the River Bends for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra for their 100th Anniversary season, and Veni Redemptor with the St. Ambrose University Chamber Singers.   Other recent composition projects include music for classical guitarist Philip Hemmo's CD Guitar Recital, a suite based on Japanese folk songs for piano and tubist Beth Wiese, and a set of songs for SATB choir on words by poet Wendell Berry. 

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 50 Feet From Syria, BombHunters and Finding Face by Spin Film.  If you'd rather hear a lighter side to Campbell, you may purchase the film score to the zombie film Cadaver Christmas, through Howlin' Wolf Records. 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. The CD, Piano Songs, includes eleven solo piano compositions and is available through all major outlets. Additionally, churches nationwide sing his music for worship every Sunday.  You may find much of his music available for your performance on the SwirlyMusic.com site for download and purchase. 

William is a member of ASCAP and CCLI, the American Composers Forum, and a past 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 20 years, and is the coordinator of contemporary music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. A passionate educator, he teaches music theory, composition, technology and world music classes to future composers and musicians.  Previously at Pima Community College and Missouri State University, he is currently Professor of Music Theory & Composition, and Chair of the Music Department at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, where he has been on faculty since 2005.

You may view an Academic CV at: CampbellCV.pdf.

He and his family live in a quaint crafstman bungalow near the Mississippi river but used to live in a hand-built Strawbale house in the Arizona desert.