William Berz

Interim Director, Head of Music Education

Dr. William Berz is a professor of music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He serves as the Graduate Director of the Department of Music; teaches classes in music education, conducting; and currently serves as the assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble. He has conducted a wide variety of performance ensembles, including bands, orchestras, contemporary music groups, and opera. He has premiered many new works for winds, and he has won the praise of many composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Karel Husa, David Del Tredici, Roger Nixon, Walter Hartley, Eric Whitacre, Martin Ellerby, Adam Gorb, David Holsinger, Rob Smith, Steven Bryant, Jonathan Newman, John Mackey, David Gillingham, Eric Moe, Felicia Sandler, Michael Daugherty, Frank Ticheli, Norman Dello Joio, and H. Owen Reed.

In addition to his work as a conductor, he is active as a researcher and writer. He has published a number of articles and presented many sessions in music education and conducting. He is co-author of two books, Applications of Research in Music Technology and Sourcebook for Wind Band and Instrumental Music. He has articles published in Psychology of Music, Music Perception, The Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, The Journal of Research in Music Education, Tempo, The WASBE Journal, The Journal of Band Research, The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, A Composer’s Insight, Teaching Music through Performance in Band, and The Art of Interpretation of Band Music. He has been the editor of the WASBE Journal since 1999. In 2003 he presented a session on composer H. Owen Reed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

At Rutgers, Berz has served in a number of different administrative posts in addition to his teaching assignments. He was chair of the music department from 1994 until 2002 and acting dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1997. He currently serves as the interim director and head of music education.

  • Expertise

    Music Education, Instrumental Conducting