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.
He composed the scores for the socially conscious films Lifeboat, 50 Feet From Syria, Finding Face, and Bombhunters. 50 Feet From Syria was shortlisted for an Academy Award two years ago, and the most recent, Lifeboat, was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) and a News & Documentary Emmy. He also writes for theatre and dance, including Latina Dance Project's international touring show Coyolxauhqui ReMembers. Always open to fun projects, he also wrote a completely different type of music for the zombie film Cadaver Christmas, with the soundtrack released through Howlin' Wolf Records.
You can listen to his music score for the movie Lifeboat by streaming it on Spotify, Apple Music and other sources. Recent concert premieres include Where the River Bends for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s100th Anniversary season, Five Ambrosian Hymns with the St. Ambrose University Chamber Singers, and the song cycle Songs of Cloak and Light for Darrel Born. Other recent composition projects include music for classical guitarist Philip Hemmo's CD Guitar Recital and Among the Trees, a set of three songs for SATB choir on words by poet Wendell Berry. Current projects include the film score for a docudrama about 19th-century abolitionists, more solo piano music, and new electro-acoustic interactive scores.
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 Director 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 Professor of Music Theory & Composition at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, was department chair for eight years, and served on faculty since 2005.
He and his family live in a quaint Crafstman bungalow near the Mississippi river but used to live in a hand-built straw bale house in the Arizona desert.