William McCorkle Lecturer in Music, Applied Organ and Piano

William McCorkle

Wilson Hall 3042

A versatile keyboard artist, William McCorkle has performed as organist, harpsichordist, and pianist in solo and ensemble performances throughout the eastern United States and Europe. His research has centered on 17th- and 18th-century French and Italian vocal and keyboard styles,and he is well known for his expertise in keyboard realization. He has been an adjunct keyboard instructor at Washington and Lee University for a number of years. He has led the performances of the Rockbridge Chorus for some thirty-eight years. William McCorkle is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Amherst College, and holds graduate degrees from Yale University. As an Edward Poole Lay Fellow, he studied in Paris with master musicians Nadia Boulanger, Annette Dieudonné, and William Christie.

His graduate studies at Yale University included work with organist Charles Krigbaum, harpsichordist Albert Fuller, and tenor Blake Stern. Like some of the organists whose works he will perform, William McCorkle has enjoyed a long tenure as a church musician, serving since 1979 as organist and director of music at Lexington Presbyterian Church. The church’s C. B Fisk pipe organ, which came into being to replace an instrument lost when the church sanctuary was destroyed by fire in 2000, reflects his wide-ranging training and tastes. William McCorkle was inducted into honorary membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership Fraternity, at Washington and Lee University in 2001.


  • Applied Piano
  • Applied Organ