Bill Bitter is currently in his thirtieth of teaching in Gilbert, AZ. During that time he has taught orchestra and band at all levels, elementary through high school. He is presently Director of Orchestras and Chairman of the Performing Arts department at Highland High School.
Mr. Bitter has been active in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, serving as Vice President of High School Orchestra Activities, State Concert Festival Chairman, and Regional Orchestra Chairman. He most recently served as organizing chairman of the 2005 National High School Honors Orchestra, sponsored by ASTA with NSOA. He was a faculty member of the Northern Arizona University Summer Music Camp for several years, and has served as an adjudicator and clinician for festivals throughout the southwest United States and Hawaii. In 2001, Mr. Bitter was awarded the O. M. Hartsell “Excellence in Teaching Music” Award by the Arizona Music Educators Association. In January 2009 he was named the Outstanding Public School Teacher in Arizona by the Arizona Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. In 2015, He was awarded ASTA's highest honor, the Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award, given annually to a string teacher with a current and distinguished career in a school orchestral setting. Mr. Bitter has been listed several times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and is a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference and the American String Teacher’s Association.