Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Music, Vocal Performance - College of Charleston Master of Music - Choral and Orchestral Conducting - Louisiana State University
William J. Bennett, from Fort Mill, South Carolina is currently in his 13th year of teaching. He lives in Summerville with his family.
Mr. Bennett is the Director of Choirs at Cane Bay High School and the Director of Music at Summerville Presbyterian Church. He was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and was the 2009-2010 Cane Bay High School Teacher of the Year. He has led clinics on leadership in a music classroom, choral techniques, and sight singing for SCMEA and SC ACDA, and has served as a choral clinician for SCMEA Middle School SSA and SATB Clinics. He serves as the SC ACDA President (2017 - 2019). He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, and SCMEA, and served on the South Carolina Department of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Standards Revision Committee revising the SC High School Choral Music Curriculum Guide. Previous appointments include: Conductor of the University Chorus and Adjunct Professor of Music at the College of Charleston; Assistant Conductor of the Taylor Festival Choir; and Associate Director of Choirs at Wando High School. Choir under his direction have performed at the SC ACDA and SCMEA Conference, the ACDA Southern Division Conference, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and in the Washington National Cathedral.
He holds a Masters Degree in Music: Choral and Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University where he studied conducting with Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Dr. Sara Lynn Baird and Dr. Julian Shew. While there Mr. Bennett also served as the Director of the LSU Tiger Glee Club and as a Graduate Assistant. Mr. Bennett performed as a guest conductor, choir member and soloist with the LSU A Cappella Choir, LSU Schola Cantorum, LSU Chamber Singers and the LSU Orchestra.
He holds a BA in Music: Vocal Performance from the College of Charleston where he graduated Cum Laude. He was the inaugural recipient of the Charleston Men’s Chorus Scholarship at the College of Charleston. Mr. Bennett studied conducting with Dr. Robert Taylor and voice with Mrs. Deanna McBroom and Mr. Ross Magoulas. At the College he also served as the Student Assistant Conductor of the College of Charleston Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers.
As a singer he has performed with the College of Charleston Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Choir and Chamber Singers, the Charleston Men's Chorus, The Taylor Festival Choir, CofC Opera and on Opera Workshop performances at the College of Charleston. He played the role of the Royal Chamberlain in Celius Dougherty’s one-act opera, Many Moons on the 2004 Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series. Mr Bennett was a guest soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Singers in their Piccolo Spoleto performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. He was also a featured soloist in a performance of Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughn Williams with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the NCCO National Conference in Charleston.