Founder & Director:
William Dougherty is a Philadelphia-based American composer, sound artist, writer, and current Fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His creative work engages with elements of loss, decay, and memory through the sounds of audio recordings and audio recording technologies. Dougherty has received recognitions and awards from the American Academy in Rome, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Cité Internationale des Arts, and the Copland House. His works have been performed internationally by ensembles including Talea Ensemble, The Israel Contemporary Players, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Dougherty has published articles and interviews in Tempo, Music & Literature, and VAN Magazine and is co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of Contemporary Music Review. He earned degrees from Columbia University, the Royal College of Music, and Temple University and has served on the composition faculties of Columbia University and Temple University. Outside of the university, William volunteers as a music instructor and mentor for high school and elementary school students from underserved communities in Philadelphia. He currently serves as a teaching artist in composition for the Marian Anderson Young Artist Program—a tuition-free program that aims to serve those individuals whose communities have historically been excluded from the highest levels of musical excellence due to structural barriers.
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