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William Owens


William Owens (b. 22 January 1963, Gary, Indiana) is an American composer, conductor, clinician and educator.

He is a 1985 graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. A seasoned music educator, Mr. Owens is active as a composer, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Owens has written nearly 200 commissioned and published works for concert band and string orchestra. His music has been programmed at prestigious venues such as the Midwest Clinic and appears on required music lists both nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the California Band Director’s Association, the Chicago Public School Bureau for Cultural Arts, the South Plains college Dept. of Fine arts and the Texas University Interscholastic League.

He is a consistent winner of the ASCAP1us award and a two-time recipient of the Forrest L. Buchtel Citation for Excellence in Composition. In 2014, he was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association as the featured composer, and he was named distinguished alumnus by his alma mater. Professional memberships include ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and the TMEA.

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