Bill Raabe

William A Raabe, PhD, CPA


Madison, 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.  He taught graduate tax courses at the Capital University (OH) Law School.


Bill is married to Nancy Raabe.  Rev Nancy M Raabe is a Lutheran pastor and composer; she is the pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshall WI.  Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar Music, Choristers Guild, Hope, Concordia, Lutheran University Press, and Northwestern have published 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, Wartburg Theological Seminary (IA), and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (OH).


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 adult children.  Margaret and Martin Raabe.

Margaret Raabe, age 28, 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 received a PhD at the Ohio State University in biomedical engineering.  She works as a research engineer for Globus Medical in Philadelphia.

Martin Raabe, age 27, 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, being named the team's MVP-Offense.  Martin Raabe held internships with US Sen Sherrod Brown (OH) and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Martin lives in Minneapolis where he works as an educational designer for Pearson Learning.

May 2018
Rev Nancy M Raabe