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William M. Harrell

William Mark Harrell 


William Mark Harrell joined the Knoxville Symphony in 1982 as Assistant Principal horn and has played the position of Third Horn since 1985. 

A seventh generation native of Anderson County in East Tennessee, Harrell received his early training in the Knox County School music system as well as in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra program.  He holds a degree in music performance from the University of Tennessee as well as a Tennessee teacher’s license and has attended numerous master classes and various festivals.

Harrell’s teachers include William Bommelje, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee and former Principal Horn with the Knoxville Symphony, and Charles Kavalovski, former Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Symphony Orchestra.  During his time studying with Mr. Kavalovski in New England, Harrell performed widely as an orchestral musician and worked with a number of well-known composers in that region. 

Harrell has served on the music faculty of East Tennessee State University, Maryville College, and Carson-Newman University. Several of his students have continued on to successful professional careers.

As an accomplished composer, Harrell’s compositions have been performed widely by a variety of artists including the Brasswind Quintet, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Partes Choir of Obninsk (Russia), the Slovak State Philharmonic, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Stilleto Brass Quintet and others.  These works are currently available through LeDor Group Publishing.

Mr. Harrell is available for private instruction and commissions. He may be contacted at