Dr. William A. Payn is the director of choral studies,
professor of music, and chairman of the Department of Music at Bucknell
University in Lewisburg, PA. Active as a composer since the early 1970s,
he has over twenty-two published handbell compositions.
He is constantly in demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor
throughout the world, having conducted four AGEHR national and numerous
area conferences. In 1988 he traveled to Japan, where he served as clinician
and guest conductor for the Handbell Ringers of Japan and the ringers at
Kwansei Gakuin University. In 1983, Payn organized the Bucknell University
Rooke Chapel Ringers, an ensemble consisting of twelve members who are selected
by audition and who represent diverse fields of study.
Payn received his B.M. degree from Westminster Choir College (Princeton,
NJ), and his Doctor of Musical Arts in organ and harpsichord literature
from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Choral Directors
Association, and has received recognition in two reference publications:
Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, and Who's
Who in American Music: Classical.