William Owens (b. 1963) is a native of Gary, Indiana. He is a seasoned music educator and very active as a composer, clinician and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His compositions for young ensembles display a practical, erudite approach which has firmly established him as a leader in the field.
Since 1993, Mr. Owens has written over 150 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble. His music has been performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Midwest Clinic, and appears on required music lists both nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the the California Band Directors Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts and the Texas University Interscholastic League. His compositions "Courtlandt County Festival" and "Maesong" have been recorded and analyzed in educational text by the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance In Band.
William is a 1985 graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is a consistent winner of the ASCAPlus award, and a two-time winner of the Forrest L. Buchtel Citation for Excellence in Band Composition. Professional memberships include the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum (ACF), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB).
Mr. Owens teaches instrumental music in the Everman (TX) Independent School District. He serves as the Instrumental Editorial Assistant for the FJH Music Company and is the Conductor/Music Director of the Mansfield (TX) Wind Symphony. In his spare time, he enjoys sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational material and Presidential biography. He is an American muscle car enthusiast and a regular at car shows and auctions in north Texas.
William resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and best friend, Georgia.