- D.M.A., Trombone Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado
- M.M., Trombone, New England Conservatory
- B.M., Trombone, University of Montana
Dr. William Scharen began his study of the trombone at age nine in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. He has since earned three degrees in trombone; a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Montana, a Master of Music in classical performance from the New England Conservatory, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado. In addition to teaching applied trombone at Regis, Will currently teaches a private trombone studio and has had many successful and dedicated students. Will enjoys an active schedule as an orchestral musician, holding positions as principal trombonist of the Wyoming Symphony and second trombonist of the Cheyenne Symphony. As a soloist Will recently performed the world premiere of his own edition of Eugen Reiche's Concerto No. 1 with the Mayo Chamber Symphony in Rochester, Minnesota, and has given guest recitals in Montana and Wyoming. In recent years Will has become involved in orchestra administration and now acts as librarian and personnel manager for the Wyoming Symphony. When not behind the mouthpiece of his trombone or at the desk sorting music, he enjoys spending time with his wife Shelby, cooking, and pursuing one of his many outdoor hobbies in the Colorado mountains.