William Rogan earned degrees from The Mannes College of Music in New York (Bachelor of Music), Queens College, CUNY (Master of Arts) and from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany (PhD in Musicology and in English and American Literature). He has studied horn with Paul Rudoff, A. Cutler Silliman, Ralph Frölich and Paul Ingraham and had supplementary studies with Erich Penzel and natural horn with Horace Fitzpatrick. He studied chamber music with Simon Karasick, David Glazer, Artur Balsam, Morey Ritt and Ronald Roseman and Music History with Josef Braunstein, Howard Brofsky, Emmanuel Winternitz Christian Ahrens, Heinz Becker, Jürgen Schläder and Peter Gülke.
Since 1969, Dr. Rogan has performed extensively as principal horn in Europe and the United States with numerous opera, theater, chamber, symphony and radio orchestras, including among others, the Bochumer Sinfoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Dortmund, Frankfurter Opernhaus- und Museumsorchester, Philharmonisches Orchester Gelsenkirchen, Staatsorchester Hannover, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Das Sinfonieorchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunk, and the Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester. He served as principal hornist with the Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen from 1979 to 1999. As a chamber player and as a soloist, his repertoire encompasses a wide variety of literature, and he is equally at home in recital programs as well as in concertos with orchestra, both with valved and natural horn. Concerto performances have included works by Telemann, F.J. Haydn, Michael Haydn, L. Mozart, W.A. Mozart, Schumann and Britten. His performance of Gunther Schuller’s Horn Concerto Number 2 was a European premiere. Dr. Rogan was a founding member of the Lituus Ensemble, the Westphalian Wagner Tuba Quartet, Stetson Brass and the Stetson Woodwind Quintet.
In a joint project with German instrument makers, Dr. Rogan designed a double valved horn based on natural instrument principles and construction techniques which has been in production since 1986. He has written articles in German for publication in the periodical Das Orchester, for The Historic Brass Society Journal and for The Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has translated scholarly works into English from German and has often been called to lecture on historic performance practice.
An educator, he has taught horn and music theory at the Extension Division of The Mannes College of Music, horn and trumpet in Germany at the Musikschule der Stadt Hemer and the Städtische Musikschule Hamm, and has taught private students of all ages. He serves presently on the adjunct faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology and was previously was the faculties of Stetson University, where he taught studio horn and upper level music courses, at Bethune-Cookman University and Daytona Beach State College.
Dr. Rogan was honored by the city of Hagen, Germany with the title Städtischer Kammermusiker, he is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. He is available for solo, chamber and orchestral performances, lectures, for master classes and as a conductor.
Dr. Rogan has recorded for the West German Radio, the BBC, ITV, the Marco Polo record label, and has participated in numerous commercial recording sessions in the United States.
He has performed with numerous national tours of Broadway shows, on stage in backup orchestras for renowned performers in pop, rock and classical genres, and has participated as principal horn and soloist on national and international orchestra tours.
In addition to his musical interests, Dr. Rogan is also an entrepreneur and has owned, managed, or served as CEO or President of several international entities in the fields of real estate brokerage, commercial real estate development, the equine industry, Green technology and international consulting services. He is currently a senior partner or principal in five international companies, serves on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations and is Development Director of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.