William Plummer is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he conducts the Ragin' Cajun Women's Choir, the UL Lafayette Chorale and the Chamber Singers. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral literature, and graduate level courses for the choral conducting degree.
Dr. Plummer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano from Berea College, the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Louisville, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. His primary conducting teachers include Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Dr. Kent Hatteberg, and Dr. Stephen Bolster. Additional study was taken with Péter Erdei at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Prior to coming to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. Plummer was a graduate teaching assistant at Louisiana State University. He was also an instructor at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University, where he taught courses ranging from studio lessons in piano and music history for majors to music appreciation and music theory. Dr. Plummer has also taught 20th-century music history and choral conducting in Salzburg, Austria.
Since his arrival in Louisiana, Dr. Plummer's commissions and world premieres have included a new wind scoring of the piece “In the Bleak Midwinter” by internationally-known Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten (premiered by the UL Chorale in December of 2014) and the piece “Hymn to the Night,” written for the UL Lafayette Chamber Singers by nationally-known composer Richard Burchard. Mr. Burchard came to UL Lafayette for a residency in fall of 2014 to work with the Chamber Singers before the world premiere of the composition at an invited performance at the Louisiana American Choral Director's Association conference in New Orleans. The premiere recording of this piece can be heard on the UL Lafayette Choirs YouTube channel. UL Lafayette was selected to host the International Alliance of Women in Music's Composer's Concert in the fall of 2016, as the organization premieres new choral music by women composers. The Chamber Singers were invited to perform at the Louisiana conference of the American Choral Director's Association in the fall of 2016.
Dr. Plummer is also the founder and artistic director of the Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble (B.R.E.V.E.), an ensemble dedicated to the performance of lesser-known masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble's programs have included cantatas by Johann Kuhnau and J.C. Bach, as well as works by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Ludwig Bach, Mikołaj Gomółka, Ludwig Senfl, Robert Ramsey, and John Browne. The ensemble was selected to perform at the Louisiana American Choral Director's Association conference in 2013 and 2015.