Music: Department Chair and Associate Professor
Band, Orchestra and Music Education
William Ciabattari joined the faculty of Lycoming College in 2006 as the conductor of the concert band and jazz ensembles in addition to teaching courses in music education, music theory, and instrumental conducting. He has since added new courses to his teaching repertoire including courses in music fundamentals and the music of other world cultures.
Ciabattari founded the Lycoming College Community Orchestra, a college and community ensemble in 2013 and has seen it grow from a small ensemble to a full symphonic orchestra in a short time.
He currently performs with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Billtown Brass, Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, and NEOTUBA, a Cleveland based tuba quartet. He has been a featured soloist with the Billtown Brass, North Arkansas Symphony, the Case Symphonic Winds, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the Brass Band of the Western Reserve, the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble.
Ciabattari was previously on the faculty of Heidelberg College (Heidelberg University) in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was the director of the Heidelberg Brass Band, the Heidelberg Athletic band, and the Instructor of Low Brass. He was also the assistant director of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, touring internationally in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, New Zealand and Australia. In addition to teaching and conducting, Ciabattari is an active freelance musician. He has performed with many professional orchestras including the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Canton Symphony, Charleston Symphony (SC), and the North Arkansas Symphony.
Ciabattari received a B.S.E. in music education from the University of Arkansas, M.M. in tuba from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Ph. D. in music education from Case Western Reserve University.