William Skoog is Professor of Music at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He served as Chair of the Department of Music from 2009 to 2018, and serves as the Director of Choral Studies. At Rhodes he conducts the Rhodes Singers, Chamber Singers, and the MasterSingers Chorale, a semi-professional chorus that he conducts with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He is honored and humbled to be the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity at Rhodes College. He holds a Doctor of Arts in Music from the University of Northern Colorado and two Master of Arts Degrees from the Lamont School of Music at Denver University in Colorado, one in Voice Performance/Pedagogy, the other in Conducting. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Music and Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
Dr. Skoog has conducted national choral festivals at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, where in 2017 he had his conducting debut there with the New England Symphony and Festival Chorus. Internationally, he has conducted choral festivals in Dublin, Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Lucerne, and Prague, conducting by invitation in the prestigious Dvorak Festival. He is the author of several articles for Choral Journal, the Music Educators Journal, and Cambridge Scholars Press. His most significant publication is a book entitled The Choral Works of Jennifer Higdon, Choral Kaleidoscope, published in 2021 by Cambridge Scholars Press, and he is currently under contract with them for a publication entitled The Choral Works of Dave Brubeck. He is the father of three grown children and has four grandchildren. He resides in Shelby County, Tennessee, with his wife, Elaine.
M.A. in Voice Performance - University of Denver
M.A. in Conducting - University of Denver
D.A. in Choral Conducting - University of Northern Colorado