Willis Bodine CV (2015)


  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Performer’s Certificate in Organ, The University of Texas at Austin, 1957
  • Fulbright grant in organ, harpsichord, and church music, with renewal year, 1957-59
  • Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, Lippe-Detmold, Germany
  • Master of Music in Musicology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1960

Professional Record

  • Studio Accompanist, UT, 1956.
  • Keyboard Laboratory Assistant, UT, 1957.
  • Opera Repetiteur, UT, 1959.
  • Instructor in Music, University of Florida, 1959, Organ and Church Music.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 1962 (Tenured, 1964).
  • Associate Professor, University of Florida, 1967.
  • Professor of Music, University of Florida, 1976-2003.
  • Professor of Music Emeritus, 2003-present

Professional Societies, Membership and Offices Held

  • Organ Historical Society.
  • Music Educators National Conference.
  • Music Teachers National Association.
  • College Music Society.
  • American Guild of Organists –
    •         Faculty Advisor, University of Florida Guild Student Group.
    •         Sub-Dean, Gainesville Chapter.
    •         Regional Coordinator for Education, Region IV (Southeast), 1986-1997
    •          Board member, Gainesville Chapter, elected (2005-07; 2009-present)
  • Presbyterian Association of Musicians (with national certification)
  • American Musicological Society
  • Hymn Society of America
  • American Guild of English Handbell Ringers
  • American Choral Directors Association
    • Repertory and Standards chair (Florida), 1999
  • Retired Faculty of Florida (RFUF)
    • Board member, elected (2005-08; 2012-2015)

Honorary Societies, Membership and Offices Held

  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, Gamma Zeta Chapter
    • Secretary-Treasurer (1978-1990)
    •  President (1990-1995)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, honorary member

Biographical Listings

  • Who’s Who in American Music.
  • Who’s Who in Education
  • Men of Distinction
  • International Who’s Who in Music
  • Who’s Who in America

Honors and Awards

  • Pi Kappa Lambda Chapter Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 1955
  • Performer’s Certificate in Organ, UT Austin, 1957
  • Fulbright Grant and renewal year, Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, 1957-59
  • Certification, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, 1980
  • Member, UF American Civilization Seminar, 1983-
  • Member, The Howe Society, 1984-
  • Musician of the Year (1987), Foundation for the Promotion of Music
  • Outstanding Achievement and Performance Award, College of Fine Arts, 1990
  • TIP (Teaching Improvement Award), 1995
  • Chapter Award, American Guild of Organists, Gainesville Chapter, 1996
  • PEP (Professorial Excellence Award), 1996
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award, 1998
  • CFA Salary Increment Award, 2001
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Florida Blue Key, 2002

Auxiliary Activities and Community Service

  • Organ recitals in Berlin, Detmold, and Lemgo, West Germany; New York City; throughout Texas, Florida, Maine, and the Southeast
  • Carillon recitals in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and New York City
  • Organist-Director, Wilshire Presbyterian Church, Austin (1950‑54)
  • Assistant Organist, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin (1954-57)
  • Director of Music, Cathedral of St. Mary (RC), 1956
  • Organist, Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin (1956-57)
  • Organist-Director, Grace Presbyterian Church, Gainesville (1960‑61)
  • Director of Music and Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, 1961-1984
  • Director of Music and Organist, St. Michael and All Angels Church, the Episcopal Church on Sanibel Island, Florida (2005-2008)
  • Consultant, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Augustine, FL, purchase of Aeolian-Skinner, organ, 1967
  • Consultant, Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine, FL, removal of Roosevelt organ and purchase of Aeolian-Skinner organ, 1969
  • Consultant, Manatee Junior College, Bradenton, FL, purchase of McManis organ, 1971; supplementary report prepared (1997) as part of building renovation considerations
  • Consultant, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, FL, rebuilding of Schantz organ, 1973
  • Consultant, First Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL, removal of Wurlitzer organ and purchase of Casavant organ, 1975
  • Consultant, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, rebuilding of Skinner organ, 1964-1992
  • Consultant, First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, NC, purchase of Eijsbouts carillon, 1981
  • Consultant, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, FL, completion of Kinzey-Angerstein organ and installation of Gallery organ, 1982
  • Consultant, First Lutheran Church, Gainesville, FL, design and purchase of Kinzey-Angerstein mechanical-action organ, 1982
  • Consultant, First United Methodist Church, Lake City, FL, removal of Pilcher organ and purchase of Moller organ, 1982
  • Consultant, Riverside Park United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Fl, purchase of renovated Austin organ, 1986
  • Consultant, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North Wilkesboro, NC, design of rehearsal facilities and musicians’ area in worship space, 1989-90
  • Consultant, Arlene and Ed Weinschelbaum residence, Gainesville, music room and piano purchase, 1989-90
  • Consultant, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, FL, examination, purchase and installation of historic Johnson & Sons mechanical-action organ, 1998-99
  •  Reports on organ maintenance, rebuilding, location, planning:
    • Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), Jacksonville, FL
    • Grace Episcopal Church, Orange Park, FL
    • University United Methodist Church, Gainesville, FL
    • Trinity United Methodist Church (new building), Gainesville, FL
  • Adjudicator, divisional and all-state festivals, Florida Vocal Association, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Florida Federation of Music Clubs; in choral music, ensemble, piano, and organ
  • Examiner, American Guild of Organists certification and playing competitions, 1978-present
  • Presenter, UF Elderhostel program, Summer 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991
  • Faculty, Montreat (NC) Conferences on Worship and Music, l985, 1988, 1990, 1993.
  • Recitalist and commissioned composition for dedication of new Kniker carillon, The University of Texas at Austin, 1987-91
  • Coordinator of summer workshops and festival performances for Department of Music, developing programs and coordinating Division of Continuing Education and College of Fine Arts
  • Lecturer, National Endowment for the Humanities Institute: “Religious Traditions and the Modern World,” Summer 1988
  • Faculty, Westminster (PA) Conferences on Worship and Music, Summer 1989, 1991, 1994

Research Grants

  • Graduate Council – Purchase of Denkmaler deutscher Tonkunst and Denkmaler der Tonkunst in Osterreich, 1962.
  • Graduate Council – Document study in historical instrument design, 1966.
  • Graduate Council – Evaluation and purchase of concert harpsichord, 1966.
  • Humanities Council – Historical organs of northern Europe 1967.
  • Humanities Council – American keyboard instruments, 1968.
  • Division of Sponsored Research – Organ case design (with B. Y. Kinzey, College of Architecture), 1970-72.
  • Office of Instructional Resources – Mini-Sabbatical, cassette use in teaching applied music studio lessons, 1976.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – University of Florida Chamber Singers tour/outreach programs in smaller communities, 1976.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Festival of Early Music and tour performances, 1977.
  • Academic Affairs – Faculty Development Grant, Video Systems for Analysis of Musical Performance, l978.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Florida Baroque Ensemble tour and conference performances, 1978.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Early Music study and performances by the University of Florida Chamber Singers, 1978.
  • STAR-78 – Arts Impact in Florida; 1979.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Early Music study and performances by the University of Florida Chamber Singers, 1979.
  • Campus Shop and Bookstore – Carillon Performances and Study, 1979.
  • Division of Sponsored Research – Original Manuscripts in Campanology, 1980.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Music for Two Harpsichords, 1981.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Baroque Chamber Music, 198l.
  • Fine Arts Council of Florida – Making Early Music live, 1981.
  • Division of Sponsored Research – Research Development Award, S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge, l985.
  • Division of Sponsored Research – Award for Research Assistant, Development Award, 1986.
  • Academic Affairs – Faculty Sabbatical Grant, Spring 1988.
  • College of Fine Arts Faculty Enrichment Award, Summer 1998, renewed 1999, extended 2001.

Committee Memberships

  • Music Theory curriculum study, Department of Music, 1960-61
  • University Role-and-Scope Study, Library Committee, 1961
  • Department of Music library representative, 1961-66
  • Planning committee for New Music Building, 1966-71
  • Committee for the Fine Arts Center for Tropical Cultures, 1967
  • Faculty Curriculum Committee, Chair, l968-73
  • University Senate, 1969-7l, 1973-75, and 1986-88
  • Committee for University Auditorium renovation, 1969-77
  • Interdisciplinary committee for Florida Abroad at Utrecht program, 1972-74
  • Ad-hoc Committee on College Reorganization, 1973-75
  • President’s Festival of Music, 1973
  • Scholarship Committee, 1974
  • College of Fine Arts publicity committee, 1975
  • Theatre – Auditorium Advisory Committee, 1976
  • Department of Music Executive Advisory Committee, 1974-1986
  • University Academic Personnel Board, 1977-79
  • Century Tower Carillon Dedication, 1979
  • Council on General Education, 1979-82
  • Chair, Committee for Merit Pay Criteria, l984-85
  • Chair, Faculty Accompanist Search Committee, 1985
  • Piano Faculty Search Committee, 1985
  • Chair, Ad-Hoc Committee on Ensemble Participation, 1986
  • Carter Scholar Steering Committee, 1986
  • Chair, College Tenure and Promotion Committee, 1986-92
  • Oboe Faculty Search Committee, 1986
  • University Presidential Scholar Committee, 1987
  • WUFT-FM Program Director Search Committee, 1989-90
  • College of Fine Arts Dean Search Committee, 1989-90
  • Coordinator for Keyboard, Strings, and Voice (Department of Music Executive Advisory Commmittee), 1990-92
  • Cello Search Committee, 2001
  • Chair, Director of Choral Activities Search Committee, 2002-03


Graduate Student Supervision (committee chairs only)

  •  Co-Chair, M.Ed. committee for Douglas Butler, M.Ed., 1968
  • Chair, MFA committee for Shirley Groth, MFA, 1977
  • Chair, MFA committee for Charlotte Olsen, MFA, 1978
  • Chair, MFA committee for Albert Greulich, MFA, 1981
  • Chair, MFA committee for Kevin Boynton, MFA 1984
  • Chair, MFA committee for Peggy Nowicki, MFA 1984
  • Chair, MFA committee for Ruth Lewis, MFA, l985
  • Chair, MFA committee for Deborah Hess, MFA, 1988
  • Chair, MMus committee for Frank Gurman, MMus, 1989
  • Chair, MMus committee for Angela Johns, MMus, 1990
  • Chair, MMus committee for Terence McKinney, MMus 1990
  • Chair, MMus committee for Marshall Dukes, MMus 1994
  • Chair, MMus committee for Kelly Schweikert, MMus 1994
  • Chair, MMus committee for Steven Furches, MMus 1995
  • Chair, MMus committee for Marya Fancey, MMus 1998
  • Chair, MMus committee for Carol Christiansen, MMus 1998
  • Chair, MMus committee for Jonathan Gil, MMus 1999
  • Chair, MMus committee for Douglas Gilliland, MMus 1999
  • Chair, MMus committee for David LeRoy McKinney, MMus 2001
  • Chair, MMus committee for Linda Lee Liberty, MMus 2003
  • Chair, MMus committee for Edward Lee Cobb, MMus 2003



  • (Editor) Dedication ’72, Music Building. The University of Florida, Division of Publications. Gainesville, 1972.   22 pp.


  • “Music for a Wedding,” The American Organist 43, p. 18 (1960).
  • “Preparation for Organ Study,” The Florida Music Director 16, p. 19 (l963).
  • “The Carillon: Colossus of Keyboard Instruments,” Clavier 20, p. 26 (1981).
  • “The Andrew Anderson Memorial Organ,” The Tracker 26, p. 24 (1982).
  • “An Original Recital Series,” The Tracker 27, p. 4 (1983).
  • “Music for the Fall Festival Days,” Reformed Liturgy and Music l8, p. 27 (l984).
  • “Bach’s Magnificat: A Historical and Analytical Study,” selected for inclusion in the permanent archives of the J. S. Bach Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa.

Published Compositions

  • Music for the Parish Eucharist  No. 7, The Evergreen Series. Unison voices and organ. The H. W. Gray Co., Inc., New York, 1966.
  • Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavenly Light  S.A.T.B. and Organ, The H. W. Gray Co., Inc., New York, 1966.
  • Christ, Our Passover, Canticle for Easter Day. Voices, brasses, timpani, and organ. The H. W. Gray Co., Inc., New York, 1970.
  • “Sixth Communion Service,” The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The Church Pension Fund, New York, 1961.
  • “Sanctus and Benedictus,” Supplement II to The Hymnal 1940, The Church Pension Fund, New York, 1975.


  • “Sanctus.” In O for Thousand Tongues, A Workshop for Music in Churches, conducted by Alec Wyton. The Wicks Organ Concert Series, Vol. 1, Series 5. Wicks Organ Company, 832W-0782, Record 2, Side 1.
  • Telemann, G. P. “Der getreue Musikmeister.” Sonata in C major. In Dedication ’72, Faculty Showcase Album. The Florida Baroque Ensemble with Sarah Baird Fouse, flute; Earl Groth, oboe; Marie Henderson, violoncello; Willis Bodine, harpsichord. Soundtrack, 1972, Side 1.
  • Peerson, M. “The Fall of the Leafe.” In Dedication ’72, Faculty Showcase Album. Willis Bodine, harpsichord. Soundtrack, 1972, side 1.
  • On Tour, Willis Bodine conducting the Chamber Singers of the University of Florida Collegium Musicum. Mark Records, 1974.
  • Bach and Mozart, Willis Bodine conducting the Chamber Singers of the University of Florida Collegium Musicum, with instrumentalists. Mark Records, 1976.

Videotape Recordings

  • “Harpsichord Demonstration.” WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1960.
  • “Studies in Baroque Music II.” WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1960.
  • “Recital,” a series of weekly programs featuring faculty artists and students of the University of Florida Department of Music. Willis Bodine, producer. WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1960.
  • “Our Lives, Our Fortunes,” with Lester Hale. WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1961.
  • “J. S. Bach,” with Didier Graeffe. WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1962.
  • “Christmas Music I,” with the Collegium Musicum. WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1966.
  • “Christmas Music II,” with the Collegium Musicum. WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1966.
  • “Experimental Series,” with the Florida Baroque Ensemble. WUFT‑TV, University of Florida, 1969.
  • “Historical Instruments in the Visual Arts.” WUFT-TV, University of Florida, 1974.
  • “Music for a Joyous Season,” with the UF Chamber Singers. WCJB‑TV, Gainesville, 1974.
  • “Music for a Madrigal Dinner.” University of Florida Division of Information and Publication Services. Fred Rex, producer and director. University of Florida, Gainesville, 1976.
  • “Mozart: Requiem” with The Willis Bodine Chorale and orchestra. Cox Cable, Gainesville, 1990
  • “Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem” with The Willis Bodine Chorale, orchestra and organ. Cox Cable, Gainesville, 1994

Unpublished Manuscripts and/or Creative Projects

  • “Bach’s Magnificat: A Historical and Analytical Study.” Masters thesis, The University of Texas, Austin, 1960
  • “Congregational Hymn Singing: How to Improve It.” Article, 1964.
  • “An Introduction to Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem. Address and article, 1974.
  • “Some Common Problems for Americans Singing in Liturgical Latin.” Article and worksheets, 1974
  • Program annotations for larger choral works, including Vivaldi Gloria, Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams Pilgrim’s Journey, J. S. Bach Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio.
  • Tower Fanfares, composition for cast-bell carillon, written at request of UF College of Journalism and Communications for inaugural broadcast of WUFT-FM (“Classic 89”), 1981.
  • Descants for hymn tunes: Aurelia; Austrian Hymn; Azmon; Brother James’ Air; Christe sanctorum; Columbia; Coronation; Crusader’s Hymn; Cwn Rhondda; Diademata; Down Ampney; Duke Street; Dundee; Easter Hymn; Engelberg; Eventide; Hyfrydol; Hymn to Joy; Lancashire; Lasst uns erfreuen; Laudate Dominum; Laudes Domini; Lobe Den Herren; Michael; Mit Freuden zart; Morecambe; Old 124th (Toulon); Now; Ratisbon; St. Anne; St. Dunstan’s; Stuttgart; Toulon; Unser Herscher; Zeuch mich, zeuch mich.
  • Choral arrangements of hymn tunes: Columbia, Coronation, Dix, Duke Street, Ein feste Burg, Lasst uns erfreuen, Mit Freuden zart, St. Dunstan’s, Tallis’ Canon, Toulon, Victory.
  • Hymn tune: Celebrate! 87.87. D (1999)
  • Musical setting of Second Communion Service (Ordinary, Rite II) for the revised Book of Common Prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States   (2002)
  • UT Fanfares for Carillon, composition commissioned by The University of Texas at Austin for carillon dedication ceremonies and recital, 1987. Incorporates Giodo Monaco’s plainsong hymn melody Ut queant laxis.
  • Program notes for “Organ Masterworks Series” and “Complete Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach, including extensive discussion of origins, musical details, liturgical significance.
  • Psalm 121: Levavi oculos   (I lift up mine eyes to the hills) Composition commissioned by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North Wilkesboro, NC, for building dedication, 1990
  • Inaugural Fanfares for Carillon, composition requested by the University of Florida for John Lombardi inaugural ceremonies, 1990. Contains early Italian “lombardic rhythms.” (Second performance, International Carillon Festival, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales FL, 1993, performed by Terence McKinney.)
  • Solemn Fanfares for Carillon, composition requested by Student Affairs, University of Florida for campus ceremonies, 1991. Aleatoric composition, including medieval melodies associated with death.
  • Alma mater, full carillon arrangement written for memorial services honoring the life of UF president Stephen C. O’Connell. English change-ringing motives, canons and inversions (2001)
  • Psalm 122: Laetus sum for voices, flute and organ, commissioned by Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Big Spring TX, 1999
  • Psalm 23: Dominus regit me for voices, flute, oboe and organ. Premiered for American Guild of Organists “Pipes Spectacular” concert at UF, October 15, 2000
  • Twain Ten Fanfares, composition for cast-bell carillon, written at request of UF College of Journalism and Communications for 20th anniversary of inaugural broadcast of WUFT-FM, “Classic 89” (2001). Soggetto cavato on station’s call letters with toccata, ten variations and fugue with ten subject entries.
  • Te Deum and Jubilate Deo – festival setting for voices, handbells, brass, timpani and organ, expanded from commission from First Lutheran Church, Gainesville (2001-02)
  • Fanfares in Memory and Hope, suite for cast-bell carillon, written for first anniversary of 9/11 attack. Six movements performed at times of critical events, with constant tolling of bourdon bell linking movements into one 3½ hour suite (September 11, 2002; second performance for 10th anniversary, September 11, 2013))
  • Ring of Bronze, composition for solo cast-bell carillon with two antiphonal brass ensembles, written for opening ceremonies of UF Sesquicentennial Year. Number and verbal symbolism. (2003)
  • Requiescat in pace, composition for cast-bell carillon, written for second anniversary of 9/11 attack and also inauguration of carillon expansion to 61 bells. Incorporates musical theme from organ work of same title by Leo Sowerby. (2003)
  • In memoriam, composition for cast-bell carillon, written for second anniversary of 9/11 attack. Incorporates 16th-century melody Herzlich tut mich verlangen, with canon and polytonal elements. (2003)
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for voices and organ, commissioned for choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro NC, in residence at Salisbury Cathedral
  • The Star-Spangled Banner, full carillon arrangement written for performance on Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and other national holidays. Original tonality, delineation of bar form, carillon ornaments. (2003)

Significant Departmental Activity

  • Founding member of Florida Baroque Ensemble, with extensive concert and touring activity,1968-1993. Statewide and national appearances, with external grant support.
  • Director of UF Chamber Singers, 1966-1981, including regional tours, museum concerts, major professional concerts, recordings and extensive external grant support.
  • Musical Director of Christmas Madrigal Dinners, 1974-80, establishing this annual event as a major campus activity having regional visibility.
  • University Carillonneur, planning initial purchase of Century Tower Carillon in 1978-79, designing program to create acceptance for this instrument, and securing major donation to UF Foundation (ca. $450,000) to fund 2003 completion to 61 bells, new practice clavier, action revision and permanent ongoing student program of support
  • University Organist, providing organ performances for major campus ceremonies and convocations, and developing programs and activities for the Andrew Anderson Memorial Organ
  • Architectural planning/program teams: UF Music Building (1970-72), University Auditorium renovation (1976-79), Performing Arts Center (1980-83), and Century Tower renovation (2001-03)

Significant Community Service

  • President, Foundation for the Promotion of Music, 1977-79
  • Chairman, Gainesville Cultural Affairs Advisory Board (1981-84)
  • Selection Committee, Pro Arte Musica chamber music series
  • Vice-Chairman, Old Post Office Commission, leading to renovation as Hippodrome Theatre
  • Musical Director, The Willis Bodine Chorale, 1986-2004, including significant musical performances and recordings, statewide tours, television and radio broadcasts, publications, arts grants and community support
  • Architectural planning/program team: First Presbyterian Church choir rehearsal suite remodeling (1974-76) and sanctuary renovation (1978-80)

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