William Berz

Director, Head of Music Education

Dr. William Berz is Director of the Department of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He teaches classes in music education and conducting, and has conducted a wide variety of performance ensembles, including bands, orchestras, contemporary music groups, and opera. He has premiered many new works for band, and he has won the praise of many distinguished composers, including Charles Wuorinen, David Del Tredici, Roger Nixon, Walter Hartley, Eric Whitacre, Steven Bryant, Martin Ellerby, Adam Gorb, Rob Smith, Jonathan Newman, Kenneth Lampl, John Mackey, David Gillingham, Eric Moe, Jan Van der Roost, Felicia Sandler, Michael Daugherty, Joseph Willcox Jenkins, Frank Ticheli, H. Owen Reed, Michael Colgrass, and Norman Dello Joio. With the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, he has released 23 CDs on the Mark Masters and Naxos labels; all enjoy wide distribution and are available on iTunes and the Naxos library.

He is co-author of the book Applications of Research in Music Technology, published by the Music Educators National Conference and Sourcebook for Wind Band and Instrumental Music published by Meredith 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, The WASBE Journal, The Journal of Band Research, The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, The Grove Dictionary of American Music (Second Edition), A Composer’s Insight (vol. 2, 3, and 4), and Teaching Music through Performance in Band (vol. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). Since 1993, he has been a regular contributor to NJMEA’s Tempo magazine with over 50 articles to his credit. He presented a session at the Midwest Clinic on the music of H. Owen Reed.

He has served as the editor of the WASBE Journal since 1999. He has also served on the Music Educators Journal Editorial Committee and currently holds a similar position for The Journal of Band Research.

  • Expertise

    Music Education, Instrumental Conducting