Faculty & Staff

William Sauerland, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Director of Choral Studies

  • Phone: 260-481-6712
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 150
  • E-mail: sauerlaw@pfw.edu

William Sauerland is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Purdue University – Fort Wayne, conducting the University Singers, Chamber Singers, and Choral Union, teaching classes in music education, and supervising student teachers. He was previously a Lecturer in Voice at San Francisco State University, and the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Chabot College in Hayward, CA, where he received an Educator of Excellence Award from the Chabot Black Scholars.

Dr. Sauerland has presented at regional, national, and international conferences for the American Choral Directors Association (2015), Chorus America (2017, 2019), Society for Music Teacher Education (2017), College Music Society (2018), and Royal Musical Association (2019). Dr. Sauerland’s research interests include social justice pedagogy in vocal music education, trans and non-binary vocality, and student-centered teaching. His publications appear in the Journal of Singing, Journal of Music Teacher Education, VOICEPrints (Journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association), and in the forthcoming choral textbook, The Art of the Choral Music Educator from Pavane Publishing.

Previously, Dr. Sauerland taught choral music at Lick-Wilmerding High School for six years, and served as Associate Music Director for the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy, teaching music classes for children ages 6 to 14. He also has 10 years of experience in directing community choruses, including the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. His choruses have toured throughout California, Denver, Louisiana, and Oregon.

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “limpid tone and astonishing eloquence,” Dr. Sauerland is a professional countertenor. His recent solo appearances include the American Bach Soloists, Festival Opera Company, Folger Consort, Handel Opera Project, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Chorale. A former member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, Dr. Sauerland has sung throughout the world, and recorded multiple albums for Warner Classics.

Dr. Sauerland received the Doctorate of Education in College Teaching (Ed.D.C.T.) of Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His doctoral dissertation examined the experiences of trans and gender non-binary singers and their teachers in the applied voice studio. As a Marshall Scholarship recipient, he earned a Master of Music (MMus) and Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Advanced Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music in London. Born in Indiana and raised on a small dairy farm in Ohio, he received a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.