Dr. William McClain Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Conductor and violist Dr. William James McClain has appeared in major venues across the United States and abroad, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Sheremetev Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He has conducted professional, community, and youth orchestras for over twenty years. In the spring of 2006 he conducted Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Georgia as the 2005 winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Festival Competition. Since then he has been awarded that distinction again and invited back to lead the Macon Symphony as a guest conductor. Dr. McClain was also honored by the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he conducted the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic’s Congress Orchestra. Dr. McClain has appeared as guest conductor with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Onondaga Civic Orchestra in upstate New York.
As a violist, William McClain has recorded with the Adriane String Quartet and maintains an active chamber music and solo recital schedule, most recently appearing on “The Night of Chamber Music,” part of the Guest Artist Series at Georgia Military College, and on the Guest Artist Chamber Music Recital Series at Birmingham-Southern College. He currently performs with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Savannah Philharmonic in Georgia. A former member of the Syracuse Symphony and the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, McClain has also performed with the Bakersfield Symphony, Austin Symphony, and Macon Symphony. He has served as principal violist for the Allentown Symphony, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Orchestra Noir in Atlanta, and at the 2016 Colour of Music Festival held in Charleston, SC.
Dr. McClain has taught undergraduate viola at Ithaca College and the University of Maryland at College Park as a graduate assistant. He also taught viola and violin at Huston Tillotson College and Mercer University. Dr. McClain is a former faculty member at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he was named the John and Elizabeth Phillips Fellow. While at the Academy, he was director of the chamber music program, conducted the Exeter Symphony Orchestra, founded the Exeter Symphonia, and taught in the music theory program.
A native of Washington D.C., William McClain is currently an Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Orchestra, and Coordinator of Strings at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Dr. McClain received degrees in conducting and viola performance from the University of Maryland at College Park, Ithaca College, and the University of Texas at Austin.