William Campbell


Dr. Campbell teaches all aspects of music theory, world music, and composition. His students have been accepted to graduate schools all over the country, performed in venues as diverse as blues clubs to classical concert halls, and are teaching others throughout the region.

His creative work as a composer, pianist, and improviser is well known, and his music can be heard throughout the country in multiple venues.

As a pianist and improviser he has performed as soloist and in contemporary ensembles including the acclaimed Sonoran Consort. He has worked with multiple film directors and with creative artists in the dance and theatre for live shows. His CD, Piano Songs, may be found on iTunes, CDBaby, and streaming on Pandora and Spotify. Recent commissions include the "Five Ambrosian Hymns" for mixed choir, a new song-cycle titled "Songs of Cloak and Light," and the film score to the Oscar-nominated documentary Lifeboat by Spin Films. His music has been awarded by regional and national agencies including the Penfield Commission, Waging Peace, and ASCAP.

Dr. Campbell is Professor of Music at St. Ambrose University in addition to being the director of contemporary music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Oregon, Music Composition (Music Theory supporting area)
  • Master of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music Composition
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Arizona, Music Composition

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory
  • World Music

Recent Recordings and Publications

Piano Songs, William Campbell Music (2011)
Open Rail, Sonoran Consort (2001)

Open Vistas (for Symphonic Band), BRS Music (2009)
Coyote Dances (for Wind Ensemble), BRS Music (2007)

Memberships and Honors

Iowa Composers Forum
American Composers Forum

Courses Taught
  • Music Theory I, II, III, IV
  • Aural Skills I, II, III, IV
  • Form and Analysis
  • Applied Composition
  • Music in Culture


William Campbell

Galvin Fine Arts Center 111
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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