BIO / CV

BIO / CV

I am a composer and organist. I studied composition at SUNY Purchase with Suzanne Farrin, Du Yun, and Huang Ruo, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Erik Lund and Erin Gee. I also briefly studied organ and harpsichord with David Higgs and Bill Porter at the Eastman School of Music.

I have held positions teaching Composition, Music Theory, and Musicianship at the University of Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan University and Depauw University. I’ve also taught composition and music theory to middle- and high-school aged students at both the University of Illinois Pre-College Academy and the Illinois Summer Youth Music program for several years.

My current dissertation project, funded in part by a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, is about the ways in which music can be genuinely communicative, and the political, ethical, interpersonal, and pedagogical implications of communicative music. This involves analyses of my own music, as well as the music of Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtág.

My music is influenced by philosophy, by my childhood experience as a choirboy, by filmmakers like Béla Tarr and David Lynch, and by artists like Jeff Wall, Charles Ray, and John Ashbery. In the last couple years, an attempt to articulate the political and ethical possibilities of music and musical composition has become an increasingly central motivating force.

Download CV and Worklist HERE

Please send commissioning or score requests to williampearson@depauw.edu

SCORES

SCORES

Chamber Orchestra / Large Ensemble

The Amphibian for 5th House and Alash Ensembles (2018)

Crazy Weather for Chamber Orchestra (2017) Score-Video HERE

a shadow is reading, In the corner over there for Soprano, Baritone, Violin, Cello, and Piano (2015) Score-Video HERE

the young son for Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion and Piano (2014)

…tristis,senex,puerum… for Chamber Orchestra (2013) (Score B, Score C)

Behind Glass for Orchestra (2012)

Small Ensemble

Half of My Life/Love for Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion (2016)

Mark J Ralph, 16 for Horn and Wind Quartet (2016)

FiveFiveFiveFive for 3 Horns (2013)

Clepsydra for Percussion, Cello, Trumpet and Flute (2013) Score-Video HERE

String Quartet 2 (2012)

Adagio Mesto for Horn and Piano (2011)

Unda Maris for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Violin, Cello, Bass, Piano and Percussion (2010)

String Quartet 1 (2009)

Video Performance Notes (coming soon) HERE

AUDIO/VIDEO

AUDIO/VIDEO

Downloadable audio of most of my works can be found HERE

Video of The Young Son (2012-2017) can be found HERE

Video of …tristis,senex,puerum… (2013) can be found HERE

Video of Half of My Life/Love (2016) can be found HERE