William Koehler has taught piano at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb since 1985. He studied with Moreland Roller, Adele Marcus, and William Race, and his competition awards include first prizes in the 1984 San Antonio International Keyboard Competition and the 1989 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Koehler received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Prior to teaching at NIU, he was on the piano faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981 and 1982.
He is an active performer of chamber music throughout the Midwest and has recorded for Cedille Records, Canti Classics, and Centaur Records as a collaborative pianist. Last October, he taught master-classes and appeared on chamber music concerts at PAAXFEST in Tuxtula Gutierrez, Chiapas State, Mexico, where he had performed two years earlier at the Fernando Soria Piano Festival. Koehler is a past president of the Waubonsee Valley chapter of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and is pianist for DeKalb’s First United Methodist Church.