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Dr. William Carswell

In 2012, Dr. William Carswell became only the second Music Director and Conductor of the Masterworks Choir in its history, succeeding Founder and Conductor William B. Mills.  Known for his innovative programming and thoughtful interpretations of classical and contemporary works, Dr. Carswell has expanded the repertoire of the Choir and excited our ever-growing audience with highly acclaimed performances of great choral-orchestral literature.  Prior to his appointment with the Masterworks Choir Dr. Carswell served for five seasons as Music Director and Conductor of the Columbia Choral Society.

A Coker University faculty member since 2002, Dr. William Carswell holds the rank of Professor of Music in the University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts.  In 2012 he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and in 2016 Dr. Carswell was named the Vice President of Advancement at the University. Prior to accepting the administrative posts, Dr. Carswell conducted the Coker Singers, Chamber Singers, and Men’s Vocal Ensemble. He also taught courses in choral literature, choral conducting and music education. 

Dr. Carswell has appeared as a clinician, guest conductor or adjudicator across the Southeastern US, as well as in Austria, Bulgaria, England, and France.  Coker University choirs under his direction have been heard in such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Capital in Washington, DC, the Koger Center for the Performing Arts in Columbia, S.C., Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, along with four appearances in Carnegie Hall.

An accomplished conductor and educator, Dr. Carswell received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to excellence in collegiate teaching.  Dr. Carswell holds a D.M.A. degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Music degree in conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Appalachian State University.