Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
D.M.A., University of Texas
William Koehler has taught piano at Northern Illinois University since 1985. A recipient of a 2001 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from NIU, he was named a Presidential Teaching Professor in 2005.
An active performer of chamber music throughout the Midwest, he has recorded for Cedille Records, Canti Classics, and Centaur Records as a collaborative pianist. He has also performed with the Vermeer, Arianna, and Prague string quartets and the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and was for many years the pianist for the Midsummer’s Music chamber concert series in Door County, Wisconsin.
Following piano study with Moreland Roller in Houston, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School as a student of Adele Marcus. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with William Race. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
His competition awards include first prizes in the 1983 Oklahoma Symphony Young Artists Competition, the 1984 San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and the 1989 New Orleans International Piano Competition. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Koehler was an Affiliate Artists Xerox Pianist. He has appeared as piano soloist with the symphony orchestras of Houston, St. Louis, Baltimore, Nashville, Long Beach, Tampa, and Oklahoma City, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Illinois Chamber Symphony.
A past president of the Waubonsee Valley chapter of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, he remains active within that organization. He is also the pianist for DeKalb’s First United Methodist Church.