He is an active Oratorio singer, performing the role of Septimius in Handel’s ‘Theodora’, both Acis and Damon in Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’, as well as the tenor soloist in ‘Messiah’. As a regular soloist of several Bach ensembles, he has performed in 15 cantatas and sang the role of Evangelist for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
In 2012 he debuted as a young artist in the role of Giovinetto with Opera Lafayette in their Kennedy Center production of Paisiello’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’. William traveled to London to completed his Masters of Music study at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014, where he studied with Philip Doghan and received a commendation in the Major van Someron Godfrey English Song Prize. In 2015 he was a finalist in the Handel singing competition, “Talents Lyriques, Voix Sacrées” in Reims France.
William has established himself as a producer through his project ‘Song reCycle’. This concept was developed and nurtured through his dissertation on concert programming at the Royal Academy of Music and was hailed as ‘An intriguing reimagining of the song recital idea’ (Planet Hugill). He continues to invent new programs that cast older repertoire in a modern context. Most notably he premiered a new pastiche of Handel oratorio music set into a St. Mark Passion at Southwark Cathedral for Palm Sunday 2015. Additional projects have explored the English Song, German Lieder, Italian Madrigal, and Baroque Song repertoires. (see the Projects page for more information)
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in the United States, William’s first work as a professional singer was in the boy’s choir at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA. While he continued singing regularly, he pursued different paths before arriving at a singing career. He graduated from the University of Chicago with his Bachelor’s degree in Geography, attended the design school Archeworks creating innovative approaches to disability education, worked as a computer systems designer and programmer, and was a manager in a publishing company.
He is fortunate to have been a part of some of the world’s greatest choirs, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and Apollo’s Fire Chorus. With these groups he has been a part of several well received recordings, including the 2011 Grammy winner for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance, Verdi Requiem conducted by Riccardo Muti.
He has recently returned from London to Chicago, where he enjoys cooking, eating, travel, bird watching, squash, and yoga.