Dr. William Berz is Professor 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 has conducted a wide variety of performance ensembles, including bands, orchestras, contemporary music groups, and opera. He has premiered many new works for winds, 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, Jonathan Newman, Kenneth Lampl, David Gillingham, Eric Moe, Felicia Sandler, Michael Daugherty, Joseph Willcox Jenkins, Frank Ticheli, Michael Colgrass, Norman Dello Joio, and H. Owen Reed. With the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, he released 24 CDs on the Mark Masters and Naxos labels.
In addition to his work as a conductor, he is active as a researcher and writer. 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 Publications. He has had 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, Tempo, 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, and 10). He has served as the editor of the WASBE Journal since 1999.