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Dr. William Peebles

Dr. William Peebles

Adjunct Instructor of Music

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  • D. M. A., Bassoon Performance, Theory, and Literature, Michigan State University, 1994
  • M. M., Bassoon Performance, Michigan State University, 1982
  • M. S. W., Social Work, Michigan State University 1980
  • B. A., Social Work, Michigan State University, 1979

Dr. Will Peebles began teaching bassoon for Young Harris College in Fall 2012.  He lives in Cullowhee, N.C., where he teaches bassoon and serves as director of the School of Music at Western Carolina University.  Dr. Peebles has also taught courses in music theory, history and world music.

Will's doctoral work focused on the historical development of bassoon fingering systems. His interest in this area has led him to develop a small collection of historical double reed instruments, ranging from reproductions of Renaissance instruments such as the krummhorn and rackett to antique bassoons from the early nineteenth century. Ultimately, he hopes to restore and maintain all of these instruments for performance.

Will maintains an active performing career in the region. He plays regularly with the Asheville (NC) and Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestras and has performed occasionally with symphonies in Charleston and Greenville (SC), Jacksonville (FL), Grand Rapids (MI), Augusta (GA), and the Charlotte, Western Piedmont (Hickory, NC), Brevard and North Carolina Symphonies. He was a member of the Savannah (GA) Symphony from 1991 until 2003.

Before moving to North Carolina, Will taught music history at Michigan State University and bassoon at Albion College, and played for nine years in the Grand Rapids Symphony. He also performed occasionally with orchestras all around Michigan, including the Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson and West Shore Symphony Orchestras.

In his spare time, Will enjoys hiking, canoeing, kayaking and photography. Weekends often find him out on the trail in the Smoky Mountain National Park or the Nantahala National Forest, hiking with students and colleagues.