Mr. William R. Wassum

Violin, Viola Teacher

William Wassum

SAA Member

Contact

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William Wassum is a native of Huntington, West Virginia, where he received his BA in music education and his MA in violin performance from Marshall University. His major teachers at Marshall were Alfred P. Lanegger, Patricia Green, Lucie Furlie, and Dr. Reed Smith.

During his 40 years as a music educator, he has directed award-winning ensembles from the elementary through high school levels in Texas, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Virginia. Mr. Wassum is Director of Orchestras at Thornburg Middle School in Spotsylvania County, Virginia where he helped to start the Orchestra Program 18 years ago. In Virginia he has guest conducted the Central Regional Orchestra, the Chesterfield All-County Orchestra, the Hanover All-County Orchestra and in Maryland, the Southern Tri-County Honors Orchestra.

He is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Early Music Association, the National Music Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education, as well as the American Federation of Musicians’ Local 123 Richmond, VA and Local 161-710 Washington DC.

He was previously President for the state of West Virginia String Teachers Association and chairs the North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra Audition Prep Day in a five county school system area of Virginia.

William Wassum has been an orchestra conductor, violin and viola instructor, and chamber music coach for the Sam Houston State University String Camp (2 summers) in Huntsville, Texas, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (12 summers) in Twin Lake, Michigan. He has served on the faculty of the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp in Fredericksburg for ten (10) summers.

As a Suzuki violin and viola instructor Mr. Wassum taught for the Marshall University Preparatory Department (9 years) and the Converse College Pre-College Department (3 years). He has previously served as adjunct instructor of string class pedagogy at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is currently UMW’s adjunct instructor of violin and viola. Mr. Wassum continues to teach violin and viola lessons in the Fredericksburg community through the Wassum String Academy at New Life in Christ Church. He has experience and training, not only in Suzuki, but also in Rolland and Colourstrings.