The facilities here are absolutely first-rate. There are numerous rooms designed for individual or small group practice, large rehearsal rooms, a state-of-the-art computerized keyboard lab and performance spaces that few universities can rival as far as acoustics and design.

Bill Kenny

Professor William Kenny, music, says one of his favorite things about teaching at Bucknell is that students from all areas of the University participate in its music program. Whether they are engineering, arts and sciences or management majors, one thing they have in common, he says, is a love of music and a desire to perform it a high level. "That's part of what makes Bucknell so special," he explains.

And perform it they do, in magnificent spaces that range from the Weis Center for the Performing Arts to the Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall, an intimate venue that's perfect for piano, voice and instrumental solo and small ensemble recitals. Other performance venues include Bucknell Hall and Rooke Chapel, where the Christmas Candlelight Service is an annual community and campus favorite.

"The facilities here are absolutely first-rate," Kenny says. "There are numerous rooms designed for individual or small group practice, large rehearsal rooms, a state-of-the-art computerized keyboard lab and performance spaces that few universities can rival as far as acoustics and design."

As chair of the Department of Music, Kenny works with his colleagues to ensure that students have access to the world-class musicians and performers that are brought to campus by the department and by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. "Not only do our students get to see the performances," he says, "in many cases, they also get to take master classes with these exceptional artist-teachers. It's an opportunity many music graduate students and professional musicians would envy."

Kenny's courses have included everything from Conducting, Instrumental Methods, Music Theory, Jazz History, Brass and Percussion Methods, and Orchestration. He also teaches French horn, conducts the University Symphonic Band and, for many years, directed the University Jazz Band. "I'm always thrilled when graduates contact me, often years after leaving Bucknell, and tell me they are still playing or that they've unpacked their instrument again after years away from it," says Kenny. "Music can offer a lifetime of rewards. I hope all my students get a sense of that."

Posted September 6, 2013

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