William Phemister

Professor of Music Emeritus

Phone: (630)752-5098


DMA, Peabody

About William Phemister

William Phemister is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the École Normale de Musique (Paris), and the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. With world-class teachers like Josef Raieff, Edward Steuermann, Jules Gentil and Leon Fleisher, he won a Fulbright Grant to France and first prizes in important piano competitions such as the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Award, the Debut Award of the Young Musicians Foundation, and has participated in major international competitions such as the Geneva Concours and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

His concert career has taken him throughout the U.S. and to every continent except South America. In recent years, he has performed and held seminars in Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, North Korea, and China. He was in residence during January 2009 at the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology, Central African Republic as a music consultant. In addition, Professor Phemister is the author of American Piano Concertos (College Music Society)and is also the editor of the multi-volume Masterworks Piano Library (www.prairiepublications.com) which offers classical keyboard literature resources for the church pianist, and he is a published composer with the Fred Bock Music Company (Bock's Best Friends).

He has produced nine recordings and continues to compose, edit, transcribe and record many piano compositions. Although officially retired from Wheaton in 2007, he continues his deep commitment to work with a few outstanding piano students at the college and in his home studio, and has expanded his writing and performing opportunities, including performing a new piano concerto by Jacob Bancks, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria which had its premiere in 2008 with the South Dakota Symphony under David Gier.

William Phemister is an exclusive Steinway Artist >>

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