William Cepeda is an experienced and dedicated educator who welcomes opportunities to present conferences, workshops, master class and/or clinics for students, professional musicians and children.
William Cepeda graduated from the Berklee College of Music and has a Master from the Aaron Copland School of Music.
William Cepeda has toured with
Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera, Lester Bowie, David Murray, Tito Murray, Tito Puente and Michel Camilo among others. Founder of the Afrorican Jazz concept, Cepeda offers a unique approach to Jazz, Puerto Rican traditional music, Latin Jazz and World Music Jazz.
Topics for Conferences and Workshops: Trombone / Conch Shells / Puerto Rican Percussion / Presentation as a Guest Artist / Traditional Puerto Rican Music. Latin Music, Jazz the theory and improvisation.
Professor and Artist in Residence
William Cepeda serves as professor and artist in residence for accredited music universities teaching trombone performance, Director of Jazz Big Band and jazz combos, improvisation and composition to
individual students and ensembles at the bachelors and master’s degree levels.
2013 Doctor of Music, Berklee College of Music
Major: Jazz Performance and Composition
1993 Master of Arts in Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College (CUNY)
Major: Performance (Trombone) and Composition
1989 Bachelor of Music Education, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
Major: Music Education and Trombone
1986 Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music
Major: Jazz Composition and Arrangements
William Cepeda serves as professor and artist in residence for accredited music universities teaching trombone performance, Director of Jazz Big Band and jazz combos, improvisation and composition to individual students and ensembles at the bachelors and master’s degree levels.
2011 – 2017 Professor and Artist and Composer Residence, University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, PR teaching teaching trombone, music theory, jazz harmony, Director of concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Big Band and jazz combos, arrangement, harmony and composition. Performed in-depthanalysis of trends in alternative music and prepared highly successful play lists. Coordinate Pep Band musical selections and appearances, also lead as an artistic director three music festivalsduring the year.
2005 - 2010 Artist/Program director, CAM PR, Develop a short and long-term vision for musical excellence, lead the department’s efforts to recruit students to the program, Supervising, mentoring and coaching all music teachers, including designing and executing all formal and informal evaluations.
2001 – 2004 Composer in Residence and Professor, Conservatory of music, San Juan, PR composing music for different music Groups, teaching trombone and Director of Afro-Rican jazz ensemble. Serve as musical consultant for the Jazz and Caribbean music program that were developing at this time, also created a multi-disciplinary artistic performance piece of work call Suite Tierra Negra.
1997 - 2001 Professor, Brooklyn Conservatory
Teaching trombone, music theory, music History, music harmony, composition and arrangement, Director concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Big Band and jazz combos and workshops.
1993 - Present Private lessons, master classes & workshops on jazz improvisation, composition, ethnic instruments, trombone, conch shells, and my Significant experience in the conceptual development and implementation of conferences and workshops on the fusion of music, dance and theater and multi-disciplinary concept.
1986 - 1992 Instructor, Performing Art Schools of Carolina, Puerto Rico Classes: choir, trombone, band & theory, from basic to advanced, for children and adults.
1985 - 1986 Music Teacher, Elementary School Mediania Alta, Loiza, Puerto Rico Taught first to sixth grade levels in choir, percussion, sweet flute, and choreography.