Associate Professor of Music
University of Louisiana
William J. Hochkeppel, D.M.E. is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana where he teaches Applied Saxophone and serves as Director of the Wind Ensemble and UL Jazz Ensemble. An Artist/Clinician for Conn-Selmer, he is active as a recitalist, soloist, adjudicator, & guest-conductor, performing regularly with the Lafayette Saxophone Quartet (which he founded) and with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Players.
Currently in his 32st year of college teaching, Dr. Hochkeppel's previous positions were at Butler University (Indianapolis) and Eastern Washington University, as well as the faculties of Northwestern University (IL) and Findlay College (OH). A native of New Jersey, he holds the bachelor and master's degrees from Northwestern University [awarded with Highest Distinction], and earned the Doctor of Music Education degree from Indiana University. His training included applied saxophone studies with Frederick Hemke & Eugene Rousseau; and conducting studies with John P. Paynter & Ray E. Cramer. In 1977, Hochkeppel won first prize in the National Saxophone Competition, and was a semifinalist in the 1978 Concours Internationale in Gap, France.
In addition to teaching classes in woodwinds, wind literature, conducting, and music education, Dr. Hochkeppel's work in the band field has been highly diversified, with a reputation for excellence in symphonic and marching bands as well as jazz ensembles. He is a skilled arranger in many different styles and has written several articles for The Instrumentalist and other music periodicals.