William R. Dietz, born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Yarmouth, Maine is a professional tuba player based in Providence, RI. He is currently the Principal Tuba of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in many different groups including the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Symphony NH, Opera Maine, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.
William attended the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in tuba in 2012. While at Eastman he performed in orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, operas and many other groups while also taking additional classes in Composition and Conducting. After Eastman, William attended the prestigious Yale University School of Music receiving a Masters Degree in Music Performance in Tuba in 2014. William had the opportunity to play under many world renowned conductors at Yale including Peter Oundjian, Krzysztof Pendericki and James Conlon. During his time in school William attended the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Summer Music Institute, the Bay View Music Festival, the Siena Music Festival and the Bar Harbor Brass Week Festival.
In addition to performing, William continues to teach and educate students of all ages. William currently teaches privately where his students have had great success in being selected for the Rhode Island All State Music Festival. He was on faculty at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and School of Music as a tuba and euphonium instructor from 2018 – 2020. At Yale he was hired as a tuba and euphonium instructor by the Yale University Department of Music for undergraduate students. He continues to also work as a low brass coach for the University of Southern Maine Youth Ensembles, the same group he performed in as a young student many years ago.
Besides from his extensive music career, William is also a skilled music and medical administrator. He worked as a Branch Coordinator for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School from 2019-2021. He also worked as a Clinical/Operations Assistant for the City of Portland, ME Public Health Department School Based Health Clinics, later becoming part of Greater Portland Health in Portland, ME. He also has worked as a tour guide/driver for the Rhode Island Brew Bus.
In his free time William is an active runner, cook, New England Patriots fan and Golden Retriever admirer.