Perrine, William

William (Bill) Perrine serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Activities at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra have developed a national reputation for excellence. The Wind Ensemble’s 2016 Carnegie Hall debut was critically praised as “stunning and inspirational…one of the finest wind bands in the nation,” while the ensemble’s 2018 Chicago Symphony Center performance was recognized at the 2019 CBDNA Small Program Showcase and received 3rd Place in the 2021 American Prize Competition (Small College Division). Dr. Perrine founded the university’s Orchestra program in 2014, which was recognized as a 2021 American Prize Finalist. Dr. Perrine also directs the Marching Band as well as teaching courses in music and music education. He holds a doctorate in Music Education from Indiana University. He completed his Masters of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2004, and he earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Perrine spent five years as Director of Bands at The Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida, where he also earned recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher. Under his direction, the BHS Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the spring of 2007, and the Chamber Winds performed at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in April 2009. Dr. Perrine also spent five years teaching in southeastern Kentucky, which included serving as band director at the Christian County Middle School from 1998-2002. While at C.C.M.S., he doubled participation in the middle school band to over 200 students and founded the district’s first middle school jazz program.

Dr. Perrine is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the National Band Association, and the College Band Directors National Association. He regularly clinics with high school and middle school bands across Michigan. His research areas include public policy and the intersection of religion and music in the music curriculum. Dr. Perrine has presented his peer-reviewed research at many national and international conferences and symposia, and is published with the Philosophy of Music Education Review; Journal of Historical Research in Music EducationArts Education Policy Review, Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education; and the Music Educators Journal. He is the editor of a new volume titled The Future of the Wind Band, currently available through GIA Publications.