- Bachelor of Music in Performance, Boston University
- Master of Music in Performance, Boston University
USM faculty cellist William Rounds is a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He plays frequently as an extra with the Boston Symphony and performs with the Orlando Chamber Soloists. Originally from Rapid City, SD, he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Boston University while studying with reknowned cellist George Neikrug. A former member of the Artaria Quartet, Mr. Rounds has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, appearing as a soloist with orchestra, in recital and as a chamber musician. In addition to his classical career, he previously toured with John Denver, recorded for Aerosmith and has performed or recorded with a wide variety of popular artists ranging from David Bryne to Jerry Vale. He has also played for the soundtracks of numerous movies including Schindler's List. Mr. Rounds is an experienced teacher and clinician, working with children through the Boston Symphony's education programs and giving master-classes at colleges throughout the US.