William Krause

William Krause

Associate Professor; Visual and Performing Arts M.A.L.S. Advisor

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My career has taken me along two paths that have intersected at Hollins. As a young musician, I dedicated myself to classical guitar, studying in Spain with José Tomas after my undergraduate education.

Returning to the University of Southern California I received my Master of Music, studying with Pepe Romero and James Smith. I eventually embraced musicology, earning my Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and culminating in my recently published book, Federico Moreno Torroba, A Musical Life in Three Acts. (Oxford University Press, 2013, coauthor, Walter Clark) Parallel to these endeavors has been my professional life in arts administration, including several years as executive director of Opera Roanoke.

My position at Hollins – teaching guitar, music history, and arts administration – is the best of all possible worlds for me. Each day I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be a professor at Hollins University.

Courses Taught

  • Music History
  • Music of Latin America
  • Music of Spain
  • Bach/Handel (special topic)
  • Mozart/Beethoven (special topic)
  • Introduction to Arts Administration
  • Philanthropy and the Arts
  • Take the Crooked Road through Virginia’s Musical Heritage
  • Private instruction: Classical Guitar
  • Director: Arts Management Certificate


  • Ph.D., Washington University
  • M.Mus., University of Southern California
  • B.A., Santa Clara University
  • Private study, New York, classical guitar with Pat O’Brien
  • Postgraduate study, Virginia Tech, courses in nonprofit management
  • Postgraduate study, Harvard University Extension School, courses in nonprofit management and cultural aspects of international business
  • Graduate study, Conservatorio Oscar Esplá, Alicante, Spain, private study with José Tomas
  • Undergraduate study, United States International University, Mexico City, private study with Manuel Lopez Ramos