The Rev. William B. Roberts, D.M.A., is the Director of Chapel Music and Professor of Church Music. He joined the faculty in 2006. His areas of expertise include voice, conducting, and composition. He teaches courses on liturgical music, musicianship, icons, music and contemplative life. Before coming to VTS, he was an Episcopal church musician for thirty-three years, serving congregations in Washington, D.C., Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Texas. He has taught on the music faculties of Indiana University Southeast, Southern Seminary, Mars Hills College, and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.
Dr. Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Houston Baptist University with double majors in Voice and Music Education. He received the degrees Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Southern Seminary (Louisville, Ky.) with an emphasis in Conducting and Voice. His doctoral dissertation is entitled Darius Milhaud, His Life and Choral Works with Biblical Texts: A Conductor’s Study.
He is a composer with works published by Augsburg-Fortress, G.I.A., Hope, Paraclete, St. James Music Press, and Selah. His hymns and other music for worship appear in several volumes including the hymnals of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and various collections of Church Publishing Inc. He has composed on commissions from a number of schools, churches, and individuals. Gothic Records has released a recording of Dr. Roberts’ compositions, the first in a series, called “New American Choral Music,” in this case featuring the Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Roberts has also been published in the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), the Journal of the Association of Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commissions, (ADLMC) and The Living Church. His book, Music and Vital Congregations: A Practical Guide for Clergy, is available from Church Publishing Inc., New York.
Dr. Roberts was chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Church Music and a founding board member and chair of the Leadership Program for Musicians. Currently, he is a member of the boards of the Anglican Musicians’ Mentoring Project, and Melodious Accord, a non-profit organization that promotes the work of composer Alice Parker. He was on the New Music Commissions Committee for the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Active as a leader at conferences and workshops, Roberts has made presentations in the dioceses of Washington, Dallas, East Carolina, Los Angeles, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Southern Virginia, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Western New York.