WILLIAM BLAND TO TEACH AT CVSM
We are pleased to announce that William Bland will be teaching at the Cumberland Valley School of Music starting with the fall 2009 semester. Dr. Bland will be available to teach both piano and music composition at both our Wilson College, Chambersburg and St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown, MD locations. At Goretti, he will also teach our Introduction to Music and Musical Theater classes for registered Goretti students.
William Bland received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 1973. During his last year of study he was assistant to the Director of the Institute, and then became an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He has also periodically taught composition at Temple University in Philadelphia and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In 1979 he returned from New York to West Virginia to concentrate on composition. From then to the current time, he served as organist/choir director for First Baptist Church in Martinsburg and currently is Choir Director at St. John's Lutheran Church, Martinsburg. He also has taught piano both privately and at the Cumberland Valley School of Music. As a pianist, Dr. Bland has performed professionally both in classical music but also in theater as well. As pianist for the old Music Fair Circuit, he performed with entertainers such as Henry Mancini, Liberace, Barbara Eden, among many others. In the Eastern Panhandle, he often serves as music director for the Apollo Theater in Martinsburg and The Old Opera House in Charles Town. As a composer, several of his compositions are recorded on the Bridge, Dorian and Deutsche Grammophone labels, and his music is published by Chelle-Ro Editions, New York. His 2005 recording on Bridge Records of himself playing his own compositions, including two sonatas, has been called "lyrical and technically assured" and "a magnificent addition to the piano repertoire" by Fanfare Magazine. In 2001 Dr. Bland received West Virginia's Outstanding Artist" award.
Prospective students can register for lessons by contacting CVSM at 717-261-1220.