Bill O’Neil has been on faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT Pan American) in Edinburg, Texas since 1992 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in clarinet performance from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Between 1990 and 1992 he held one-year appointments at Utah State University in Logan, Utah and at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s. |
Dr. O’Neil has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, the Rochester (Minnesota) Symphony, the Minnesota Opera, the North Star Opera, the South Texas Lyric Opera, and has been co-principal clarinetist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra throughout his time in South Texas. He has performed as guest soloist with several orchestras and bands including the area premiere of the David Maslakna Clarinet Concerto in October, 2016. An active recitalist, Dr. O’Neil has played solo and chamber music programs in Canada and Mexico and in Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, Texas, Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa. He has performed at ClarinetFests 1990 in Minneapolis, 1997 in Lubbock, Texas, 2014 in Baton Rouge, 2015 in Madrid, Spain, and 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Region IV Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Manhattan, Kansas in 1997, Fort Worth in 2012, and Sttillwater, Oklahoma in 2017, and at the Clarinet Symposium at Montevallo University in Alabama.
Notable among his teachers of clarinet have been Leon Russianoff, Mitchell Lurie, Robert Marcellus, Cloyde Williams, and John Anderson. Dr. O’Neil is an active and passionate chamber musician, being a founding member of the Trio Romantique at UTPA, the Valley Classic Ensemble, the Cavelle Chamber Ensemble, the Anches Trio, which performs and champions “piano trio” music for clarinet, sax, and piano,.and several woodwind quintets over the years.
Bill plays on Yamaha clarinets with a Mitchell Lurie crystal mouthpiece and Mitchell Lurie reeds. He plays on a Leblanc bass clarinet with a Mitchell Lurie crystal mouthpiece and Van Doren reeds. He has created and performed several arrangements of solo and chamber music works for clarinet, saxophone, and ensembles of both instruments over the years and is happy to have a working relationship with RGM music to have these works made available to the clarinet and saxophone playing public.
Bill and his wife Gail, a violinist, have been married since 1971 and have three daughters, Kathryn (a soprano, married and living in Dodge City, Kansas (yes, THE Dodge City) where she teaches English at the community college and with her husband Eddie, raises her four children, Michelle and her husband live in Vancouver, British Columbia with their three little ones, and Angela, who is starting a Master’s program at UTRGV. Bill and Gail also have several cats and are active in church music.