DMA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MM, Illinois State University
BM, Indiana University
Bill Schaffer is an associate professor of horn and music theory in the Auburn University Department of Music. His duties include teaching the horn studio, coaching small ensembles and horn ensemble, sophomore theory and ear training, and upper level theory courses. His teachers included Philip Farkas, Michael Hatfield, Jack Masarie, and one year of composition with Roque Cordero.
Schaffer has maintained an active performance schedule. His orchestral experience includes groups such as the Peoria Symphony and Twin City Ballet (IL), the National Opera Company, Charlotte Symphony and North Carolina Symphony (NC), and the LaGrange Symphony (GA). He currently serves as principal horn in Sinfonia Gulf Coast (FL). He has also remained active giving solo recitals regularly since the early 1990s and performing with various chamber ensembles. He has published numerous horn ensemble works that include arrangements and historical works, as well as original works for both horn ensemble and brass ensembles.
Schaffer has been teaching since developing a large private studio in the Washington D.C. area in the 1980s. He has taught in both the public schools and at the university level with teaching experience that spans every level from kindergarten to graduate school. Schaffer currently resides in Auburn, AL. More information on him, his studio, and his dog is available on Facebook at the Auburn University Horn Studio page.