William Dougherty is an American composer whose works have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (Metz), the Lemanic Modern Ensemble (Geneva), the London Chorus (London), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), the Mivos Quartet (New York), and Talea Ensemble (New York). His music has been performed in festivals such as the Donaueschinger 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 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, and was recently nominated for a 2018 Gaudeamus Award. 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. 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.
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. For the 2018-19 academic year, William will be based in Paris as student of the IRCAM Cursus Programme.