Chase City, Virginia, who studied at the Royal School of Church Music,
Temple Church, Washington National Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. His teachers included Paul Calloway,
Dr. Gerald Knight, Sir William McKie, and Leo Sowerby.
In 1981, he
became the organist at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. He did double duty from 1982 to
1986, serving as organist for the Bach Society of St. Louis. With William at the keys, they
performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B minor, Sir Edward Elgar’s
The Dream of Gerontius,
Georg Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Samson, and Felix Mendelssohn’s
and 1998, he was the Dean of the American Guild of Organists’ St. Louis chapter,
and is still a chapter faculty member.
He played the
organ on the Christ Church Cathedral Choir’s 1998 CD, The Diocese of Missouri Sings for
Christmas. Other recordings
on which he appears include Adagio,
whereon he duets with violinist Takaoki Sugitani on Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”,
and This Stupendous Stranger: Music for Christmas and the Epiphany,
with the Choir of the Church of St. Michael and St. George.
October 2000, he was one of several organists to participate in Pipes
Spectacular!, a national celebration of organ
music, at the aforementioned cathedral. He performed music by Bach, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Joseph Jongen and Sowerby on 20th
November 2003, at same.
In addition to
his organ duties at the cathedral, he is also the University Organist at Washington University’s Graham Chapel,
where he accompanies the annual Messiah
Sing-A-Long. The solo bits are
sung by graduate students, and the audience is invited to chip in on the
November 2006, the Washington University Symphony Orchestra presented OrganFest, in order to show off Graham Chapel’s
renovated organ, with William, and Barbara Raedeke,
concert, Hymn Sing for Haiti,
was held at Christ Church Cathedral on 28th February 2010. The program consisted of Episcopal
hymns shared by Americans and Haitians. An offering was taken up to help
fund Episcopal Relief and Development, which has been active in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
May 2010, the newly restored Graham Chapel hosted For the Glory of the
Glass: Graham Chapel Renovation
Tour and Organ Concert. Guests
were invited to take a tour of the chapel while William accompanied them on
the chapel organ.
As a chapter faculty
member, he participated in the American Guild of Organists’ Pipe
Organ Encounter in June 2010.
October 2010, he took part in the Exploring Sacred Music Seminar by serving
as Canon Precentor, choirmaster and organist for
a program entitled Anglican Chant:
History and Practice, at Christ Church Cathedral.
accompanied the St. Louis Trombone Quartet at the cathedral, an event billed
as The Original Boneheads, on 7th November 2010. The performance was part of the Shepley Program of Music and Arts concerts, for which
he serves as Music Director.
Less frolicking, but no less rollicking, was the Cathedral Choir’s
rendition of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria,
on 26th December 2010.
Jessie Heuser was the soprano soloist,
John Stewart conducted, and William manned the pedals.
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the American University School of
Music, Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Converse
College, the Peabody Conservatory,
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and Webster
University in St. Louis. His students have included J. Pinoake Browning, Jack Hamill,
Beverly Hazelwood, Timothy Jansen, and Robert Kelley Raymond. He has also sat on the Hesse Scholarship Foundation’s Board of
His setting of
Cecil Francis Alexander’s “All Things Bright and Beautiful”
has been published by MorningStar Music.
Choir of the Church of St. Michael
& St. George recordings
O Come, All ye faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Choirmaster – Edward A. Wallace
Christine Brewer, Kevin Koontz
Organists – William Partridge, Edward A.
Stupendous Stranger: Music for
Christmas and Epiphany)