William Albert Penn (b. 11 January 1943, Long Branch, New Jersey) is an American composer and educator.
Penn studied trumpet at the State University of New York at Buffalo (Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Applied Music and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition). During his Buffalo years he composed and made music for and in the famous avant-garde group Creative Associates.
From 1971-1978, Dr. Penn taught theory and composition at the Eastman School of Music. He next was Associate Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of Connecticut, and later Director of the Studio at the University of Arizona and visiting professor of composition and composer-in-residence at the University of South Carolina.
Penn was staff composer for the New York Shakespeare Festival (1973-1977), the Williamstown Theater Festival (summeres of 1974-1975), and for the Folger Shakespeare Theater and Sounds Reasonable Recording Studios in Washington, D.C. (1975-1985). He also was a composer for the Wisconsin Shakespeare Summer Festival for over 20 years, beginning in 1978. Since 1998, Penn has been based in Tucson, Arizona, where he is owner and producer of the CD label Arizona University Recordings and Publications (www.AURec.com).
Penn has been a special adjudicator at the Conservatoire de Bruxelles in composition, chamber music, jazz, sight singing, and fugue, a judge for the Association for Independent Music in the Classical Music categories, a national judge for the South Carolina Commission of the Arts, and a voting member for the Grammy Awards. He is pianist, composer, and arranger for the harmonica and piano duo Herbineaux & Penn. He has written original music for Broadway, off-Broadway, feature film, radio, and governmental productions. His music has won more than 30 ASCAP Awards in both serious and pop music categories.
Works for Winds
- Fanfare for the AWS
- Mr Toad’s Wild Adventure
- Revelations of St. John the Divine, The
- Selections from "Garland Songs" (1990)
- Niagara, 1678 (1973)
- Albert William Penn, Wikipedia Accessed 19 September 2016
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "William Penn" Accessed 19 September 2016