William (Will) McLean is the director of Music Ministry at WestWind Christian Church and is currently a DMA student in choral conducting at the University of North Texas where he studies with Dr’s Allen Hightower, Kristina MacMullen, and Jessica Nápoles. At UNT he has served as the conductor of the UNT Chorale and teaches undergraduate conducting. In addition to his responsibilities at UNT, McLean serves as the Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and serves on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington as the conductor of the A Cappella Choir this Fall. Before pursuing graduate work, he taught high school choir in Oregon and Texas. Choirs under his direction, have performed at the National ACDA Convention, state music education conferences, and toured nationally. McLean has presented sessions at national, regional, and state ACDA, NAfME conferences, and the International Symposium for Research in Choral Singing. An advocate for the creation of new music, he regularly collaborates with composers to commission new choral works. He holds a master’s degree in conducting from Baylor University where he graduated with departmental distinction and a bachelor’s degree in music education from St. Olaf College. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with his wife Jenna, and their dog Hildy.