William Gokelman

William Gokelman

Professor Department of Music Office Location: Music 227 Phone: (210) 829-3848

William Gokelman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, directs the Cardinal Chorale and Cardinal Singers, teaches vocal coaching, diction for singers, and collaborative piano. He has served as pianist with the San Antonio Symphony, New Jersey’s Pro Arte Chorale, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Texas Choral Directors’ Association, and the New Jersey Opera. William has been a frequent presenter for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), and at NPM’s 2019 national convention, the Cardinal Singers presented the concert “Sacred Choral Music in Spanish/Musica Sacra Coral en Español.” The UIW choirs have also performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Tobin Center. William’s compositions, published by Good For The Soul Music, GIA Publications, and OCP Publications, include works for piano, voice, choir, musical theater, and liturgy. His CD Steal Away, containing original music for piano, solo and with orchestra, made the top 100 New Age albums, and his Mass of Renewal, co-composed with David Kauffman, won first place in the 2010 NPM national competition for new Mass settings. William also serves as director of the San Antonio Police Department’s “Blue Line Choir” and is on the board of directors for the San Antonio Children’s Chorus.

  • MM (Master of Music), Westminster Choir College, Princeton - with distinction
  • BM (Bachelor of Music), Incarnate Word College, San Antonio - summa cum laude

UIW Music faculty for the past 28 years.

  • Professor / Chair, Department of Music, UIW
  • Pro Arte Chorale (New Jersey), assistant conductor and principal accompanist
  • San Antonio Symphony, pianist
  • New Jersey Opera, coach and pianist
  • Westminster Choir College, opera theater music director
  • St. Mark's Catholic Church (San Antonio), choir director
  • St. Brigid's Catholic Church (New Jersey), music director
  • St. Veronica's Catholic Church (New Jersey), music director
  • "Music Sacra Coral en Español/Sacred Choral Music in Spanish" - 2019 NPM National Conference (with the Cardinal Singers)
  • Music for Catholic Worship (Canadian national Catholic Hymnal) - to include my "Mass of Renewal" (pending, 2021)
  • Catholic Worship (Hymnal of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) - to include my "Mass of Renewal" (pending, 2021)
  • "Music and Voice of the Voiceless" - lecture presentation on music and spirituality of the slaves, given for Black history month
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA)
  • Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)
  • National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
  • Broadcast Music International (BMI)
  • College Music Society (CMS)
  • San Antonio Chamber Choir
  • Composing
  • Creating videos and audio recordings
  • Gardening
  • Hiking, being outdoors
  • The Pacific Northwest
  • Presidential Teaching Award (UIW, 2006)
  • Moody Professor (UIW, 2011)
  • Minnie Steven's Piper Professor Nominee (UIW, 2015, 2010)
  • San Antonio Police Department certificate of recognition (2020, 2015)
  • Catholic Television of San Antonio Leadership Award (2015)
  • National Association of Pastoral Musicians New Mass Setting Composition Contest - 1st Place (2010)
  • Alamo Theater Arts Council Globe Award for "Best Musical Direction" (1994)
  • Alfred E. Merron Award for Accompanying (Westminster Choir College, 1988)
  • Amy Freeman Lee Award for the Humanities and Fine Arts (Incarnate Word College, 1985)


  • San Antonio Police Department Blue Line Choir - director
  • University Mission & Ministry, UIW - music minister
  • Children's Chorus of San Antonio, member of the Board of Directors
  • Art Song Center for Poets & Musicians, founding member of the Board of Directors
  • Cantor Training Program, Archdiocese of San Antonio - founding faculty member
  • Meet the Mission Annual Service Program, UIW - participating faculty member
  • Music and Spirituality of the Slaves
  • Cardinal Chorale
  • Cardinal Singers
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Piano
  • Diction for Singers
  • Choral Methods
  • Singers Workshop