William Dougherty

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William Dougherty is an American composer currently residing in New York where he is a Doctorate of the Musical Arts candidate at Columbia University. 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 featured in festivals such as IRCAM's ManiFeste (2019), musikprotokoll (2018), 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 was nominated for a 2018 Gaudeamus Award, and has received recognitions and awards from the Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM/ISCM), 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. 

William contributes regular feature music programs to WKCR-FM New York and has published articles in Tempo (Cambridge University Press), Music & Literature, and VAN Magazine. He is also co-founder of the New York and Berlin-based composer collective aaaviary which seeks to organize concerts of rare, experimental, and under-heard music.

As an educator, William has taught and assisted undergraduate courses at Columbia University including Introduction to CompositionProgramming and ElectronicsIntroduction to Digital Music, and Masterpieces of Western Music. In the spring of 2020, William is leading a self-designed seminar for undergraduates entitled Reimagining Resistance: Sound as Subversion in 20th and 21st Century American Experimentalism as a Teaching Scholar for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a Lead Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music—a role in which he organizes workshops catered toward graduate student instructors on pedagogical topics like inclusive teaching, technological classroom aids, and syllabus design. Outside of the university, William gives private lessons and volunteers as a music instructor and mentor for high school and elementary school students from underserved communities in New York.

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 Hochschule für Musik Basel in Switzerland. Most recently William took part in the yearlong Cursus Programme at IRCAM in Paris.
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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Soft brown wax for 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, feedback piano, and fixed media (2019)
The new normal for mixed ensemble and fixed media (2016)

String Quartet


There was never ground beneath your feet for string quartet (2018)
The Aureole Effect (2012)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


...what goes up... (2014)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


There was never ground beneath your feet for string quartet (2018)
Three Formants (2014)
Within a Region (2013)
Zwischen (2013)
Beat(ing) (2013)
Megadont (2012)
The Aureole Effect (2012)
Cold Blue (2011)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


Nyuidj (2013)

Orchestral Music


Into Focus (2012)
...what goes up... (2014)
Beat(ing) (2013)
Cold Blue (2011)
Into Focus (2012)
Megadont (2012)
Nyuidj (2013)
Soft brown wax for 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, feedback piano, and fixed media (2019)
The Aureole Effect (2012)
The new normal for mixed ensemble and fixed media (2016)
There was never ground beneath your feet for string quartet (2018)
Three Formants (2014)
Within a Region (2013)
Zwischen (2013)