Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


William MacPherson  (Bill)

William MacPherson (Bill)

Assistant Professor of Music, College Organist

Ph.D., Harvard University
A.M., Harvard University
A.B., Brown University

Main Interests

Music history in the Western European tradition, especially that of the 16th-18th centuries; my doctoral research was on 17th-c. English popular and dance music. Organ and piano performance and instruction. Accompanying and chamber music. Music criticism and writing about music. Music technology.

Teaching Interests

At Wheaton and elsewhere I have taught the whole gamut of undergraduate courses in Western European music history and theory, from introductory surveys to upper-level courses in literature, harmony, and counterpoint. I enjoy teaching and interacting with both majors and non-majors. Twice (2003 and 2006) I have taught a First-Year Seminar on Richard Wagner and the controversies surrounding his life and works.