School of Music

Faculty & Staff

Dr. William Payne, Jr.

Office: Kimbrough 360
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-3305
FAX: (509) 335-4245
Email: bpayne@wsu.edu

Dr. William Payne, Jr.

Kemble Stout Music Listening Library Specialist

Dr. Payne currently serves as Library Specialist in the Kemble Stout Music Listening Library (KSMLL). He came to WSU from the University of Idaho where he served on the circulation staff for seven years.

He received his training in choral music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in choral music from Arizona State University. He has taught at elementary and secondary levels and choral and music education courses at the collegiate level. His dissertation assessed stylistic characteristics and performance practices of short sacred choral works published in the United States from 1960-1985. He studied with Charles Hirt, James Vail, Lloyd Pfautsch, Douglas McEwen and Paul Salamunovich.

Dr. Payne has served in music ministries in Pullman, Washington, Moscow, Idaho, Arizona and Illinois having directed church choirs for over 40 years.

The Choral Journal (publication of the American Choral Directors Association) has published several of Dr. Payne's reviews of published choral music and other music reference materials. Dr. Payne resides in Moscow, Idaho with his wife, Nancy, an accomplished free-lance editor and writer. They have three grown children — Shelley, Katie, and Will III, and his two grandchildren. Dr. Payne is especially fond of football and revels in this Saturday fall pastime.


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