Director of Choral Studies
Professor, Department of Music


Department of Music
217 Sigfried Weis Music Building
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Telephone: (570) 577-1391
Fax: 570-577-1215
E-mail: payn@bucknell.edu


WILLIAM PAYN has achieved prominence as a conductor and composer. As Director of Choral Studies at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, he has led his choirs to international recognition for their creative interpretation of significant choral literature of the past five centuries. His choirs have performed all over the world, including concert tours in England, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, West Germany, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Closer to home, they have recently sung in Florida, California, and Arizona. The Rooke Chapel Choir will travel to Spain in May 2002 for a ten-day concert tour. Both his Rooke Chapel Choir and University Concert Chorale have sung at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Bucknell's popular annual Candlelight Service of Carols, featuring Payn's Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers, has been taped and repeatedly televised nationally by PBS since 1988 and was nominated for an Emmy in 1996. Five compact discs featuring his Rooke Chapel Choir have been recorded on Lovely Music and Albany labels. With the recent completion of several commissioned works, Payn has 30 compositions which are published, including a new work, Heart Melodies, distributed by Paradigm Press and scheduled to be performed by the Phoenix Symphony on February 14, 2002. His works are performed virtually every week in the United States and abroad.

Payn received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and his Doctor of Musical Arts in organ and harpsichord literature from West Virginia University. As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Payn has served as Pennsylvania state president. Information about him appears in two reference publications: Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, and Who's Who in American Music: Classical. In 1987, he was presented with the Harriman Award for contributions to the intellectual life of Bucknell University, and in 1994 he received the Bucknell University Cook Award, given annually to a member of the faculty to promote creative travel. In May 1996, his undergraduate alma mater presented him with the Westminster Choir College Distinguished Alumni Merit Award. In June 2001, Bucknell University awarded Payn the "Class of '56 Lectureship" for inspirational teaching. He is currently Music Director and Conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Orchestra.


Ensembles and courses taught at Bucknell:

Information on Ensembles

Rooke Chapel Choir

Concert Chorale

Rooke Chapel Ringers

Schedule of Professional Engagements








Handbell Compositions

  • 4-oct. Prisms
    Harold Flammer, Inc. - HP 5030
  • 3,4,5-oct. Bell Parade
    Harold Flammer, Inc. - HL 5058
    (a collection of Disney tunes arr. by W. Payn)
  • Mickey Mouse March
    Whistle While You Work
    When You Wish Upon a Star
    Winnie the Pooh
    It's a Small World
    Love Is a Song

  • 3-oct. Spectrum
    Harold Flammer, Inc. - HP 5130
  • 4-oct./ opt. 5 & 6 Four Resonances
    AGEHR - AG 46008J
    The Janus Series
  • 3-oct. / opt. 4 & 5 Spires
    Harold Flammer, Inc. - HP 5124
  • Double choir/ 2-oct. / 4-oct. Antiphonal Flourish
    AGEHR - AG 24003
  • 4-5 oct. Nova
    AGEHR - AG 45018
  • 3-oct./ 4-5 oct. Collage
    Morning Star
    3-oct. edition: MSM-30-913
    4-5 oct. edition: MSM-30-914
  • 4-5 oct. Reunir
    Agape - No. 1564
  • 4-6 oct. Illumination
    Agape - 1642
  • 4-5 oct. / with oboe, flute, wind chimes Requiem
    AGEHR - AG45048J
  • 5-7 oct. / festival work for 3 choirs Vibrations
    Bronze:Fx - BFX-013F
  • 5 oct. / with percussion Imágenes
    Red River Publications - available fall 1999
  • 5-7 oct. with chimes Pinnacle
  • 5 oct. With God All Things Are Possible
    Morning Star


    Choral Composition


    Compact Disc Recordings


  • Southern Harmony. Rooke Chapel Choir and the Gregg Smith Singers.
    Lovely, LCD 2033.
  • Civil War Songs of Stephen Foster. Rooke Chapel Choir with Linda Russell.
    Helicon Classics, HE 1002.


    Professional Associations


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