William J. Bennett, from Fort Mill, South Carolina is currently

in his 10th year of teaching.  He lives in Summerville with his

family. Mr. Bennett is the Director of Choirs at Cane Bay

High School.  He was selected as one of 10 finalists for the

2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and was the 2009-

2010 Cane Bay High School Teacher of the Year.  He has

led clinics on leadership in a music classroom, choral

techniques, and sightsinging for SCMEA and SCACDA, and

has served as a choral clinician for SCMEA Middle

School SSA and SATB Clinics. He serves as the SCACDA

President Elect, and as the SCMEA All-State Weekend

Coordinator.  He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, and SCMEA,

and served on the South Carolina Department of

Education's Visual and Performing Arts Standards

Revision Committee revising the SC High School Choral

Music Curriculum Guide.Previous appointments

include: Conductor of the University Chorus and Adjunct

Professor of Music at the College of Charleston; Assistant

Conductor of the Taylor Festival Choir; and Associate

Director of Choirs at Wando High School. Mr. Bennett holds a

Masters Degree in Music: Choral and Orchestral Conducting

from Louisiana State University where he studied conducting

with Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Dr. Sara Lynn Baird and Dr. Julian

Shew.  While there Mr. Bennett also served as the Director of

the LSU Tiger Glee Club and as a Graduate Assistant. 

Mr. Bennett performed as a guest conductor, choir

member and soloist with the LSU A Cappella Choir, LSU

Schola Cantorum, LSU Chamber Singers and the LSU

Orchestra. He holds a BA in Music: Vocal

Performance from the College of Charleston where he

graduated Cum Laude. He was the inaugural recipient of

the Charleston Men’s Chorus Scholarship at the College of

Charleston.  Mr. Bennett studied conducting with Dr.

Robert Taylor and voice with Mrs. Deanna McBroom and

Mr.  Ross Magoulas.  At the College he also served as the

Student Assistant Conductor of the College of Charleston

Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. 

As a singer he has performed with the College of Charleston

Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, the Charleston

Symphony Orchestra Choir and Chamber Singers, the

Charleston Men's Chorus, The Taylor Festival Choir, CofC

Opera and on Opera Workshop performances at the

College of Charleston. He played the role of the Royal

Chamberlain in Celius Dougherty’s one-act opera, Many

Moons on the 2004 Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series.  Mr

Bennett was a guest soloist with the Charleston Symphony

Orchestra Chamber Singers in their Piccolo Spoleto

performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of

1610.  He was also a featured soloist in a performance

of Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughn Williams with the

Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the

NCCO National Conference in Charleston.