Artist Faculty, Trumpet
Born in Chicago, William Theis was appointed Co-Principal Trumpet of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000.
He made his solo debut with the MPO in September 2001 performing the Zimmerman Trumpet Concerto, and can be heard as Principal Trumpet on several CDs with the MPO on the BIS and Vox Records labels. He has been Acting Principal Trumpet on numerous occasions.
William Theis was inspired by the sounds of the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section to pursue a career in orchestral music. He has studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including former Assistant Principal Trumpet William Scarlett, and also with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. Most recently, he has been studying the Alexander Technique and its application to brass playing with former Lyric Opera trumpeter, John Henes, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique at Northwestern University. He has also been studying privately with master brass pedagogue and longtime Principal Trombone of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jay Friedman.
William Theis received his Master's Degreee in Trumpet Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, studying with David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An active freelance in the Philadelphia area, William Theis was also on the faculties of the Haddonfield (New Jersey) School of Performing Arts, and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Previous to this he received a Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado as a student of William Pfund. During his time at UNC he won the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition, as well as a Downbeat Award for Best Collegiate Jazz Band as a member of the acclaimed UNC Jazz Lab Band 1. He also enjoyed being the Second Trumpet of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was able to work alongside his teacher, William Pfund.
Before joining the MPO, William Theis participated in many festival orchestras including the 1998 Aspen Music Festival, where he was winner of the Brass Concerto Competition and performed with the American Brass Quintet. In addition to this, he has been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, Verbier Festival with the Curtis Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. In the fall of 2004, William Theis served as Principal Trumpet of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth, which included a solo performance with Australian soprano Sara Macliver.
William Theis was appointed to the faculty of YST in January of 2006 and since then has appeared as a featured soloist with the Conservatory Orchestra, the Chamber Winds, and in several other chamber groups as well as in recital. His current and former students have consistently won awards at the national and international level. They have placed in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, the ITG Excerpts Competition, and the ITG Scholarship Award Competition. Upon graduation from YST, many have been accepted into leading universities in the US and abroad for graduate study. These include Eastman University, New England Conservatory, Roosevelt University, and the Royal Academy of Music.