Bill OíNeil is Professor of Clarinet and Music Department Chair at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas where he has been on faculty since 1992. He received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts with a major in clarinet performance from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Between 1990 and 1992 he held term appointments at Utah State University in Logan, Utah and at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. Johnís. |
Dr. OíNeil 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 performed as guest soloist with several orchestras and bands. An active recitalist, Dr. OíNeil 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 ClarinetFest 1990 in Minneapolis, ClarinetFest 1997 in Lubbock, Texas, the Region IV Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Manhattan, Kansas in 1997, and at the Clarinet Symposium at Montevallo University in Alabama.
Noted among his teachers of clarinet have been Leon Russianoff, Mitchell Lurie, Robert Marcellus, Cloyde Williams, and John Anderson. Dr. OíNeil 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, and several woodwind quintets over the years.
He plays on Buffet and Yamaha clarinets with a Mitchell Lurie crystal mouthpiece and Mitchell Lurie reeds. He plays on a Leblanc bass clarinet with an Otto Link mouthpiece and Van Doren reeds. He has produced and performed several arrangements of solo and chamber music works over the years and is happy to be entering a working relationship with RGM music to have these works made available to the clarinet and saxophone public.
He and wife Gail, a violinist, have been married since 1971 and have three daughters, Kathryn (a soprano, married and living in Minneapolis, who recently turned Bill and Gail into first-time grandparents), Michelle, and Angela, both cellists, as well as several cats.