Dr. William Harbinson is a Professor of Music Theory at Appalachian State University. He has received eight Editor’s Choice Awards (Pepper Music Catalog) that identify “the very best of the new music available.” His works for band appear on the contest/festival literature lists of several states. His symphonic work, Kallalanta won the Merle J. Isaac Senior Composition Competition in 2007. His concert band work, All The Starry Band was awarded the 2006 Hinda Honigman Cup from the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, and his symphonic orchestra work, Lake Dance received the same award in 2011. His composition for brass and percussion, The Maestro’s Flourish won the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition in 2005. He has been nominated as the North Carolina Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year (1986) and was a finalist in the Pi Kappa Lambda National Composition Contest (1993), the National String Orchestra Association Composition Contest (1998), and the Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest (2006). His Songs of Appalachia received an honorable mention in the Americas Vocal Ensemble Competition Contest (1999). He received the 100 Scholars Award from Appalachian State University (2008) signifying his sustained record of creative activity.
Dr. Harbinson received the prestigious Appalachian Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992. Dr. Harbinson completed the Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education at Appalachian, the Master of Music degree in music theory at the University of Alabama, and the Ph.D. in music theory at Florida State University. He served as the Dean of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University from 2000-2009.
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