Department of Music

William Gokelman

Professor William GokelmanWilliam Gokelman is a Professor of Music, and the Chair of the Music Department at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, where he directs the Cardinal Chorale and Madrigal Choir, and teaches piano, vocal coaching, conducting, and music appreciation. For eight years, William was a keyboard artist with the San Antonio Symphony, and often performed chamber music concerts with members of the orchestra. In 2004, William was signed as a recording artist/composer with Good For The Soul Music, a Christian record and print music company. William recently completed seven years on staff at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he directed the Chancel Choir and served as a cantor and pianist/organist.

William has presented many workshops, nationally and regionally, in the areas of liturgical music, especially for cantors, pianists, and music directors. As a pianist, he has performed frequently in showcases and concerts for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), the Texas Choral Directors’ Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. From 1988-1992, William was the principle accompanist and assistant director of New Jersey’s Pro Arte Chorale, which performs major works regularly with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, and performed for Pope John Paul II while touring in Italy.

At the NPM conference in 2010, William’s new mass setting “Messa Rinnovare/Mass of Renewal” (co-composed with David Kauffman) was awarded first place in the competition for new Mass settings to correspond to the new text translations in the Roman Catholic church.

William has liturgical music arrangements (choral and instrumental) published by GIA Publications, OCP Publications, and Good For The Soul Music, and has composed music for various major liturgical functions, including the conference theme song and responsorial psalm for the 1997 Southwest Liturgical Conference. Since 1998, William has been collaborating with David Kauffman as arranger and pianist. In June 2004, William released “Steal Away,” his first CD of original instrumental music for piano with orchestra and various other instruments. In summer 2009, William and David released “Moses and the burning within,” a musical theater production that has been performed throughout the United States and Canada.

During the past 20 years, William has served as musical director for several theatrical companies, and in 1995 earned the Alamo Theater Arts Community GLOBE Award for his musical direction of “Cottonpatch Gospel” at the University of the Incarnate Word.

William holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Incarnate Word College, where he earned the Amy Freeman Lee Award for the Arts and Humanities, and a Master of Music degree in vocal coaching and accompanying from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, where he was awarded the Alfred E. Merron Award for Accompanying. In 2006, William became the second recipient of the UIW Presidential Teaching Award. William is a member of BMI, NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Choral Director’s Association, Texas Choral Director’s Association, and Texas Music Educator’s Association.


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