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William J. Lawson

Organ, Harpsichord, Voice



William James Lawson (harpsichord, organ, voice) was one of the first graduates of the Department of Performance Studies in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has been active for more than four decades as a church and chamber musician, serving as organist and music director for churches in New York City, Pittsburgh and Binghamton and on the faculty of Binghamton University, where he has frequently performed. 

Over the last several years, he has revived the Collegium Muscium concerts at Binghamton University, devoted to chamber music, including harpsichord and organ. He was a research associate for Trevor Pinnock's Classical Band. In 2008, he founded the Canterbury Choir to perform Anglican repertoire in liturgical settings. 

He prepared C. F. G. Schwencke's quintet arrangement of Mozart's Gran Partita, K. 361, for performance by An die Musik at the Flanders Festival and in New York City, and his edition of Draeseke's Viola Sonata No. 2 has been published and recorded. His current area of research interest is Danish ballet and music.


  • MA, New York University
  • BA, Binghamton University

Research Interests

  • English diction