Voice, Choral Music
William Hobbins is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Augusta State University. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from North Texas State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Literature and Performance of Choral Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Hobbins has taught in public school, community/jr. college, college, and university settings in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Georgia. His teaching duties include conducting the ASU Choir and ASU Chamber Singers, studio voice, secondary vocal methods, conducting, choral literature, and World Humanities.
The ASU Choirs under his direction have appeared with the Augusta Symphony on the ASU campus, the University of South Carolina - Columbia and USC- Aiken. They have also performed in historic downtown Augusta venues such as Sacred Heart Cultural Center, and Church of the Most Holy Trinity. In the spring of 1999, the ASU Choir performed on the MS Tropicale while cruising the Florida Keys, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern coast of Mexico, including ports-of-call in Key West and Cozumel. In the summer of 1999, Hobbins organized, prepared and conducted the Augusta All-City Choir for the Opening Ceremonies of the Georgia Games, telecast live on CBS. For several seasons, he has appeared frequently as a narrator in the Family Concert Series and Discovery Concert Series with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. In January of 2003, he conducted a GMEA District Ten Honor Choir for the second time. Along with Dr. Linda Banister of the ASU Fine Arts Department, Hobbins performed Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzes and the Op. 28 duets in Jacksonville, AL in February of 2003.
Among his research interests are the young, developing voice, vocal pedagogy in the choral context, choral pedagogy, and early American psalmody. A publication on choral pedagogy is currently in the planning stages.
When not involved in teaching-related activities, Dr Hobbins pursues interests in gardening, woodworking, cooking, reading, and writing. He has a long list of skills to acquire and activities to explore in the years to come.
Dr. Hobbins believes very strongly in the power of music as a communicative art, and in the presence of arts in the curriculum of public and private schools alike.