William Dougherty is an American composer whose works have been performed by ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (Metz), the Nemascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (Geneva), the Lontano Ensemble (London), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), Yarn/Wire (New York), and the Mivos Quartet (New York). His music has been performed in festivals such as the 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), the Bowling Green New Music Festival (2014), and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Dougherty has received recognitions and awards from the Aaron Copland House, BMI, PARMA Recordings, the PRS for Music Society, Sound and Music, the American Composers Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Institute for European Studies, and the UK Foreign Aid and Commonwealth Office. William graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. As a Marshall Scholar, William earned his Master’s from the Royal College of Music in London after which he completed supplementary studies (Ergänzungsstudium) under the guidance of Georg Friedrich Haas at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of the Musical Arts at Columbia University in New York City.