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William Dougherty

New York, NY   

William Dougherty was born in Philadelphia and currently resides in New York City. His works have been performed internationally by ensembles including JACK Quartet (New York), London Chorus (London), Lemanic Modern Ensemble (Geneva), Yarn/Wire (New York), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), Ensemble for New Music Tallinn (Estonia), and Talea Ensemble (New York). His music has been performed in festivals such as Donaueschingen Musiktage (2017), New Music Miami (2017), Tectonics Festival New York (2015), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2015), the 47th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (2014), the New York Philharmonic Biennale (2014), and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Dougherty has recently been nominated for a 2018 Gaudeamus Award, and has received recognitions and awards from the Aaron Copland House, SEAMUS/ASCAP, BMI, PARMA Recordings, the PRS for Music Society, the American Composers Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Institute for European Studies, and the UK Foreign Aid and Commonwealth Office. William has been invited to attend composition courses at Acanthes, Fontainebleau, Royaumont, and IMPULS. As a writer, William contributes regular feature music programs to WKCR-FM New York, articles to Tempo (Cambridge University Press), Music & Literature, and VAN Magazine.

William graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia where he studied with Maurice Wright, Richard Brodhead, and Jan Krzywicki. As a Marshall Scholar, William earned his Master’s from the Royal College of Music in London studying with Kenneth Hesketh and Mark-Anthony Turnage after which he completed supplementary studies (Ergänzungsstudium) under the guidance of Georg Friedrich Haas at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel. He is currently a Doctorate of the Musical Arts candidate at Columbia University. 

soft brown wax for 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, augmented piano, and fixed media

Performed by TILT Brass and William Dougherty at the DiMenna Center in New York City, May 2019

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the new normal for ensemble and fixed media

Performed by Talea Ensemble; Jeffrey Means, conductor, DiMenna Center, New York, May 2017

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