William Anderson

Guitar

BA, SUNY-Purchase. Performed at Tanglewood Festival and with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and New York Philharmonic. Guest on WNYC Leonard Lopate Show. Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, where excerpts of his composition were broadcast throughout the United States. His Djuna Barnes settings were orchestrated and performed by the Riverside Symphony in 2015. Founder of Cygnus Ensemble. SLC, 2017–

Undergraduate Courses 2020-2021

Music

Guitar Class

Component

Faculty recommendation required.

This course is for beginning acoustic or electric guitar students.

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Bluegrass Performance Ensemble

Component—Spring

Though experienced players will have plenty of opportunities to improvise, participants need not have played bluegrass before.

Bluegrass music is a 20th-century amalgam of popular and traditional music styles, emphasizing vocal performance and instrumental improvisation, that coalesced in the 1940s in the American Southeast. Through performance, this ensemble will highlight many of the influences and traditions that bluegrass comprises, including ballads, breakdowns, “brother duets,” gospel quartets, Irish-style medleys, “modal” instrumentals, “old-time” country, popular song, and rhythm and blues, among many possible others. The ensemble should include fiddle, five-string banjo, steel-string acoustic guitar, mandolin, resophonic guitar (Dobro®), upright (double) bass.

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Beatles

Component—Fall

Acoustic Beatles. For singers and/or guitarists, this ensemble will take on any Beatles songs that work with acoustic guitar. Singers and guitarists of any level are welcome, as are singers who play some guitar and guitarists who sing. 

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Folk

Component—Spring

Folk and Folk Rock. This ensemble will cover the US folk-rock music movement from Guthrie through the hippies, including union songs and protest songs. Singers and guitarists of any level are welcome, as are singers who play some guitar and guitarists who sing.

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Guitar Ensemble

Component

Faculty recommendation required.

This class offers informal performance opportunities on a weekly basis as a way of exploring guitar solo, duo, and ensemble repertoire. The course will seek to improve sight-reading abilities and foster a thorough knowledge of the guitar literature. Recommended for students interested in classical guitar.

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