William Dougherty was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in New York City. He has had his works performed internationally by ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (Metz), the Nemascae 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 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 2017 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. 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 Bachelors in Music Composition from Temple Universitys 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 Masters 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 pursuing a Doctorate of the Musical Arts at Columbia University in New York City.