Bill Raabe

William A Raabe, PhD, CPA

 

Milton, Wisconsin

Bill Raabe is a tax educator and author.  He has worked for a number of consulting firms, universities, CPA societies, and bar associations as a lecturer and educational designer.  Bill's books and articles have been published for both academic and professional audiences.

Bill has held faculty positions at several universities, including Ohio State, Arizona State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

 

Bill is married to Nancy Raabe.  Nancy M Raabe is a Lutheran pastor and composer; she is the pastor and musician at Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit WI.  Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar Music, Choristers Guild, Hope, Concordia, and Northwestern have published some of her piano, organ, choral, and vocal works and books.  Nancy was a classical music critic in Milwaukee and Birmingham (AL), and she has written for the New York Times and Boston Globe.  Nancy Raabe is a graduate of Pomona College and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (OH) and an ELCA Associate in Ministry.

 

Bill and Nancy are members of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  Bill has supported the ALCM and the church at large in hymn festivals and recording projects.  He endowed the ALCM's biennial Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition. 


Bill Raabe has worked for over 25 years with church music composers to sustain and strengthen the musical heritage of the Lutheran church.  Almost eighty commissioned compositions have been completed, with many of them being published and/or recorded.  Here is a summary of the commissioned works.  Here is an interview with Bill about the commissioning project and the Raabe Prize, from the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago.  In December 2015, the university named Bill an honorary Doctor of Letters to celebrate his work in support of the music of the church.

Bill Raabe is a trained classical singer, and he was a college scholarship basketball player.  He was elected to the alumni "hall of fame" for both his high school and his undergraduate college.  Bill was named one of Milwaukee's "Most Interesting People."  He has served as a board member or consultant to several charitable entities. 


Bill and Nancy have two children.  Margaret and Martin Raabe were born in Wisconsin.  They lived with their parents in Birmingham AL for five years, and in Columbus OH for twelve years.

Margaret Raabe, age 25, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Wooster (OH), and she was named to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior.  She was named Wooster's female Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Margaret lettered for four years on the varsity volleyball team and was its 2011 captain.  Margaret was named one of the top music students in the nation by receiving the National School Choral Award from Bexley High School, and she visited Europe with the Bexley Vocal Ensemble singing Mozart.  Margaret holds the Bexley High School volleyball record for most service aces in a season, and her team won the most volleyball games of any Bexley squad ever, reaching the state elite eight.  Margaret Raabe is studying for an engineering career, pursuing a PhD at the Ohio State University in sports biomechanics.


Martin Raabe, age 24, graduated from St Olaf College (MN).  An accomplished singer, he was a member of the Cantorei, and he was the President of the St Olaf student congregation and its Vice President of Worship.  Martin has been to Europe several times, including a month-long St Olaf course in LutherLand and Rome.  Martin played varsity football at Bexley High School for four years, and he started 26 games in a row as a lineman.  Martin Raabe held internships with US Sen Sherrod Brown (OH) and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Martin lives in Minneapolis where he works in data analysis for Pearson Learning.


The kids' grandfather lives in Milwaukee WI.  The Milton Raabes own stock in the Green Bay Packers and share their home with one lazy cat.