Circle Singers Music Staff

Circle Singers consists mostly of volunteers who love to sing. However, at our forefront are two people who not only love their music but also have made it their careers. Here we present the credentials of these two individuals that help give Circle Singers a more professional sound.

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Bill Osborne
Director of Circle Singers

Bill Osborne has been conductor of the Circle Singers since 2003. Formerly he directed the Kings Men, a well-established Cincinnati men’s chorus. Bill has immersed his life in the creation, performance and education of music since high school. He's performed and toured (nationally and internationally) as a singer in many musicals, shows and operas, including TV and radio appearances. He has directed many shows as well. Bill is also a composer, actor, music publicist, piano tuner, music educator and conductor of choruses and orchestras.

Osborne studied voice under Marta Spoel (the daughter of Arnold Spoel who taught Lotte Lehmann) and conducting with Roque Corderro (composer and conductor of international fame from Argentina.) He received formal training at state and private colleges in Florida, Georgia, New York, Washington DC, Michigan, Ohio, and Vermont. He holds a BA Degree in Music Education from Union Institute and a MA Degree from Vermont College. He is currently a doctoral student in Music Research, Psychology and Physiology of music. Some of his research studies the effects of sound and pulsation on the body as well as the effects of violent lyrics and music on youth.

Bill has been teaching music since 1961 in the genres of pop, bluegrass, country, rock, classical and jazz. He teaches voice, piano, violin, cello, guitar, trombone, trumpet, conducting and composition. Along with teaching privately, Bill has also taught at universities and music conservatories across the country and as a K-12 teacher.

In addition to his personal teaching, Bill has furthered the cause of music education and performance by founding and/or leading many institutions. These include the Tifton GA Conservatory of Music, Southeastern School of Fine Arts, Tiftarea Choral Society in GA, Ocilla GA Community Chorus, Tift County GA Arts Council, South Georgia Arts Alliance, Barton County AR Charter School of the Arts and the West Chester / Liberty Township OH Arts Council.

This long and illustrious career has been recognized by many arts organizations. These include the Music Educators National Conference, National Music Council, Screen Actors Guild and Actor's Equity, an In-resident Artist for Georgia Colleges as well as many music scholarships.

Bill Osborne was born in Columbus, OH and grew up in Clearwater, FL. Bill is widowed, has 10 children (2 of which have passed on); 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. His work has caused his family to live in 11 states in the United States and 1 foreign country, the Republic of Panama in Central America. When Bill is not composing music, or tuning pianos, you will find him reading and doing research in genealogy (his favorite hobby and pastime). His research has brought him the rewards of discovering some 41,000 documented names in his linage, which he claims he has traced back to Adam and Eve! On the wild side, Bill enjoys College and Pro Football, and NASCAR Cup Racing.

Obviously, Bill Osborne is a very experienced and well-rounded musician. Circle Singers is delighted to have him as our director.

For more information, call: (513) 519-1838, (513) 777-7167 or e-mail us

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David Engle
Accompanist for Circle Singers

David Engle has been accompanist for the Circle Singers since 2013. His long career on the Cincinnati scene includes many significant accomplishments in performance, music publishing, composition, and music education.

Engle earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Since then he has completed all but his dissertaion in pursuit of his doctorate in instrumental conducting.

Soon after graduating he formed his own trio and for many years backed shows at the Cincinnati Playboy Club. He was also staff pianist for The Nick Clooney Show. Over the years David has been a church organist/choir director and has directed more than a dozen productions of the Cincinnati Children's Theater. For ten years he was music director of the Xavier University Players. He has also directed a high school string orchestra. Once he appeared as piano soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Six times he has been invited to be guest conductor of the All-Ohio Piano Ensemble.

During the period 1978-2002, David Engle was the Editor for The Willis Music Company. There he was responsible for the publication of more than 1000 works of various genres. He has also been a composer himself. On three occasions the Cincinnati Children's Theater gave him commissions to write original musicals. His piano solo, Soliloquy, was the 1994 Commissioned by Clavier feature. His Sonata for Clarinet and Piano was premiered at the Ohio Music Teachers Association convention after they selected him as "Composer of the Year for 2001." Many of his compositions were published by Willis Music under the pseudonyms of "Geoffrey Carroll" or "Christopher Davidson." Some of his piano originals or duet arrangements of classics have appeared on various National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festivals Bulletins. Piano Ensemble International has published three of his works for five pianos. For six consecutive years he was one of the judges for the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers competition.

He was offered a graduate assistantship at the College-Conservatory of Music for several years where he served on the staff of the opera department as coach-accompanist. He has taught at the college level as well. For a while he was a clinician for N. Jane Tan's Well Prepared Pianist program, visiting four states to teach piano teachers jazz fundamentals. In 2000 he was a guest clinician at the National Piano Teachers Institute in Dallas, TX. Twice he has been one of the judges for the Piano Ensemble International competition.

A native Cincinnatian all his life, David lives in the northern suburb of Finneytown with his wife, Roxanne, whom he married in 1977. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Besides accompanying the Circle Singers he also performs solo at many local events. He continues to teach piano with his wife at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center to inner-city youth in the Over-the-Rhine district of downtown Cincinnati. He still loves to read and listen to classical music including opera. His daily exercise always includes walking the family dogs.

Circle Singers is proud to have such a talented and accomplished musician as our accompanist.