conductor | educator | scholar
William Southerland is conductor, music educator, and scholar based in Greensboro, NC. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, expecting to graduate in May, 2020. William holds degree in vocal music and choral conducting from Florida State University and UNCG, respectively, and completed a Level III Kodaly method certification from the North Carolina Kodaly Institute in 2016.
Since 2013, William has served as Artistic Director for Choral Music at the Triad Pride Performing Arts where he conducts the Triad Pride Women's and Men's Choruses. These choruses perform throughout central North Carolina utilizing choral music performances to advocate for justice and equality for all people. These choruses have performed for numerous state and local leaders, major functions, as well as presenting several full-scale concerts each year.
At UNCG, William teaches courses as a teaching assistant. Currently, he is teaching undergraduate choral music methods and ukulele performance. William also supervises student teaching practicum experiences, guiding new teachers as they transition to professional life. Whenever possible, William helps assist with research for professors as well as providing advice and support to colleagues.
As a scholar, William has published in major national education journals and has developed a reputation as an expert in intersectionalism in music ensemble practice. His most recent work, "Giving Music a Hand," was published in ACDA's Choral Journal. William also serves on the editorial advisory board for the Music Educator's Journal, in addition to serving on the board of the NC Chapter of ACDA and as a member of the Open Table committee for GALA Choruses. This committee recently released a major document outlining best practices for addressing identity in choral music ensembles call A New Harmony: Equity, Access, Belonging.
In his spare time, William enjoys cooking, photography, and video games. He is frequently seen around the local game shops hunting for new and interesting board games or enjoying coffee while reading the latest education research. William is extremely thankful for the love and support of his partner, Evan, whom he lives with in Greensboro.
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