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William Bland papers

Identifier: PIMS-0049

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Scope and Contents

The William Bland papers (1970-2001) contain original manuscript and photocopied scores of Bland's music. The compositions include chamber music, symphonic music, vocal and chamber music, and works for solo instruments.


  • Creation: 1970-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

William Bland, born in 1947 in West Virginia, is a pianist, composer, and teacher. He attended Peabody Conservatory and graduated with a DMA in composition in 1973. Before graduating, Bland served as an assistant to Peabody Institute Director Richard Franko Goldman. He then moved to New York City, where he was an assistant professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. In 1979 he returned to West Virginia, where he became the organist and choir director for First Baptist Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, and played piano with other local ensembles and visiting musicians. Bland has also taught piano privately and for the Cumberland Valley School of Music. He has composed a large collection of solo, chamber, and orchestral music that has been performed and broadcast in the United States and Europe.


0.97 Cubic Feet (2 large flat boxes)

Language of Materials



William Bland is a pianist and composer who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory with a doctor of musical arts degree in 1973. His papers include manuscript and photocopied scores of his compositions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Bland in 1998.


Guide to the William Bland papers
Kerri Sheehan
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
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