2011 Swan Award Winner: William Hall

Whittier College, Bachelor of Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Arts
University of Southern California, Doctor of Music in Conducting


William Hall, D.M.A., was the Founding Dean and Artistic Director for the Center for the Arts at Chapman University, a professor of music at Chapman since 1963 and the first distinguished professor to hold the Bertea Family Endowed Chair in Music.

Hall taught at major conservatories of music around the world, and has numerous compositions and arrangements on the market including his own choral series with National Music Publishers. His professional organization, the William Hall Chorale was under contract to Columbia Artists Management for over thirty years and sang throughout the U.S. and abroad.

William Hall has appeared as guest conductor in the Far East and throughout the United States and Europe, including performances with the San Francisco Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the London B.B.C. Symphony, the Musicians of London, the Sinfonia of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing.

The William Hall Chorale discography includes numerous recordings on the Klavier label including the critically acclaimed, double compact disc release of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms; Sergei Rachmaninoff’s a capella masterpiece Vespers; a collection of favorite holiday classics entitledCeremony of Carols; and a collection of Romantic Lieder by Brahms and Schumann coupled with the Liebeslieder Waltzes. The Chorale can also be heard on recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, Durufle’s Quatre Motets and Requiem Mass, and recently released recordings of Bach’s Mass in B-minor, Verdi’s Requiem Mass, and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts.