William Anderson


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 2017-2018


Bluegrass Performance Ensemble


Bluegrass music is a 20th-century amalgam of popular and traditional music styles, emphasizing vocal performance and instrumental improvisation, that coalesced in the American Southeast in the 1940s. This ensemble will highlight through performance 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. Though experienced players will have plenty of opportunities to improvise, participants need not have played bluegrass before. The ensemble should include fiddle, 5-string banjo, steel-string acoustic guitar, mandolin, resophonic guitar (Dobro®), and upright (double) bass.


Guitar Class


This course is for beginning acoustic or electric guitar students by recommendation of the faculty.


Guitar Ensemble


Permission of the instructor is 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.