William Owens (b. 1963) is a native of Gary, Indiana. He is a seasoned music educator and very active as a composer, clinician, and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His compositional style for young ensembles displays a practical, erudite approach that has firmly established him as a leader in the field.
Since 1993, Mr. Owens has written over 150 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra, and small ensemble. His music has been performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Midwest Clinic and appears on required music lists nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the California Band Directors Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. Several of his works, including The Blue Orchid and Maesong, have been recorded and analyzed in educational text by the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance In Band. Other works such as Carpathia, Ironclads, Summit Fanfare, and Tudor Sketches have become staples of the young band repertoire.
William is a 1985 graduate of Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music and the recipient of numerous awards and grants for composition. In 2014, he was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association as the Feature Composer and named Distinguished Alumnus by his Alma Mater. Professional memberships include the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum (ACF), the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), Phi Beta Mu, and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).
In January 2014, William formally retired from duty as a band director in Texas after 30 years. His spare time interests include sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational material and Presidential biographies. A proud Chevrolet Corvette owner/enthusiast, he holds membership with Cowtown Vettes, a non-profit service organization in the Dallas/Fort area.
William resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and best friend, Georgia.