Meet William


Dr. William Whipple was born and raised in Iowa, beginning piano studies at age four.  Dr. Whipple completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance with a secondary concentration in Music Education at the University of Iowa. He was the recipient of the University of Iowa Performance Fellowship (The School of Music’s Highest Award) and was a teaching assistant in the piano area.

He earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His teachers have included Bill and Pat Medley, Kenneth Amada, Howard Aibel, Marc Silverman, and Alan Huckleberry. He studied vocal accompanying with Raymond Beegle and has also worked with Kenneth Merrill at the Aspen Music Festival. He attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and performed in master classes given by the Muir String Quartet. His formal studies began at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received the Clef Music Club Award. While in Cincinnati, he was the pianist for the CCM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band.

Dr. Whipple has performed with The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble at the Pawling Concert Series, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Showcase, and the Vive La France, Verdi, and Schubert Festivals at Trinity Church-Wall Street in New York City. He has been the featured soloist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christian Tiemeyer, the Fort Dodge Symphony with conductor Daniel Kleinknecht, and was heard on Iowa Public Radio with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony and conductor Melissa McBride.

Dr. Whipple has presented at the MTNA National Conference in Albuquerque, NM and has been published in the American Music Teacher magazine. He was an active member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and in 2015 he was appointed California State Chair of the MTNA Foundation. During his chairmanship, California was one of two states in the nation to win the MTNA Foundation 2015 State Incentive Giving Campaign, and CAPMT ranked number one in “The Highest Dollar Amount Contributed to the General Fund” category. Elected by his peers, he joined the CAPMT Executive Board as its Treasurer in May 2017. In addition, he assisted in the creation of the newly formed Fresno-Clovis Chapter and served as its vice-president.

Over the years, Dr. Whipple has taught piano to individuals of all ages and levels, including students with special needs. He has previously served on the music faculties of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, Fresno City College in Fresno, CA, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Currently, Dr. Whipple is Lecturer of Music–Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.