Dr. WILLIAM BANFIELD
Dr.Banfield currently serves as Professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society, director of the Center for
Africana Studies/Liberal Arts and teaches in the department of composition and the graduate school, Berklee
College of Music.
In 2002, he served as a W.E.B. Dubois fellow at Harvard university and was appointed by Toni Morrison to serve as
the visiting Atelier Professor, Princeton University, 2003.
Having served twice as a Pulitzer Prize judge in American music ( 2010/2016), Dr.Banfield is an award winning
composer whose symphonies, operas, chamber works have been performed and recorded by major symphonies
across the country. He is a recording artist, jazz guitarist, record label producer/owner, recording recently with
George Duke, Greg Osby, Regina Carter, Najee, Patrice Rushen, Christian Scott among others.
Dr.Cornel West has called him, “one of the last grand Renaissance men in our time, a towering artist, exemplary
educator, rigorous scholar, courageous freedom fighter. “Another mentor, Gunther Schuller writes recently, ”in
the history of most of Western music culture, the works which came from its own time were perfectly made with what
needed to come forward. Bill’s music and work fits these criteria; his music is well made for the times.”