Meet Mr. William

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William Peacock is a composer, tenor, countertenor, and teacher. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, William has spent most of his musical career in the Boston area. William earned his Bachelor’s of Music from Boston University in 2019, majoring in Vocal Performance and Composition and Theory. William recently completed his Master’s of Music in Composition and Theory from Boston University this past spring in 2021.

 

William is a frequent performer in the Boston choral scene. William's recent engagements as a singer include a concert series with Triad: Boston Choral Collective (a choral ensemble devoted to performing works exclusively composed within the last 25 years), a concert series with Ensemble Altera, a rising New England based ensemble conducted by internationally renowned countertenor Christopher Lowrey, and as the second tenor soloist for a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers with Analog Chorale, with which he also performed as a chorus member for their debut album Explorers. He was also featured as a singer in a masterclass with acclaimed German countertenor Andreas Scholl. William has performed as a chorus member for several notable symphonic choral works such as Stravinsky’s Perséphone and Symphony of Psalms, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection, as well as Verdi’s La Traviata. William was also part of the East Coast premiere of Ernst Krenek’s choral work Santa Fe Timetable. William has sung extensively as a soloist, premiering several works of lesser-known composers in the process, such as the song Fire and Ice by Ethan Hobson, a staging of the opera The Basketball Diaries by Brad Barker, a sketch of the opera Liquidation by Luc Cianfarani, and providing vocal material for the fixed media opera The Coin by Aidan Ramsay.

 

As a composer, William was recently nominated as a finalist for the International Young Composers Competition. William is also a three-time recipient of Boston University's Wainwright Prize for composition, twice in the category of a "song composed on a sonnet," and once in a “song related to nature.” William typically writes music for smaller ensembles, including chamber works, solo works, and art songs, though he has written many large-scale works as well, including works for band and orchestra. Stylistically, William utilizes lyricism among polytonal, freely atonal, and non-functional harmonic contexts, along with often biting rhythmic vitality. William's musical language is often presented in tandem with a complex (and often unnervingly humorous) emotional palette and is displayed through a critical lens of the social climate at large. As such, these works' subject matter often pertains to politics and social justice in the modern world. 

 

William’s recent projects include the premiere of his Four Fantasy Pieces for flute, Bb clarinet, and bassoon, the upcoming premiere of a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano showcasing poetry by Darío Espina Pérez (delayed by COVID-19), a premiere by the Mivos string quartet of his work Repeated Friction, as well as the premiere of a brief solo a capella work for soprano by contemporary vocalist Stephanie Lamprea titled Allergies Not So Bad, featured on her album Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine, Volume 1.

“William Peacock is truly one of the most talented and inspiring artists I know. The music he writes never ceases to amaze me and reminds me why I love to sing. He personally has helped me through many a hardship in both music theory and ear training, and I can say with absolute certainty that I am a better musician because of him. “

-Natalie Barnab D.M.A

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“Will Peacock is an exceptional musician, and is also a wonderful human being! I've had the pleasure of working with Will on several occasions, and I am always impressed by his professionalism, creativity, reliability and musical integrity. He is a thoughtful performer and collaborator, and a joy to work with!”

 

-Dr. Krishan Oberoi, D.M.A

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“William Peacock is one of the most musical and creative composition students that I have had the privilege of teaching during my 41 years on the faculty at Boston University. In addition to having the very best professional abilities, William is a wonderful person who is fun to work with, and who maintains an excellent rapport with everyone - his students, parents, peers, and professors. I could not recommend a person, musician, teacher and composer any higher.”

-Dr. Samuel Headrick, P.h.D

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“Will Peacock was a leader in the choral program at Boston University; over his years there, all the choral conductors loved working with him and often tapped him for leadership positions. In addition to being talented, he is friendly, responsible, creative, and an all-round great colleague.”

-Mary Gerbi, Boston University 

“My name is James Demler, and I'm an Assistant Professor of Voice at Boston University. I had the great privilege to be Will Peacock's voice teacher during his four years of Undergraduate Studies at BU. I shall be brief-he is undoubtedly the most generous and caring student I've ever taught. He is loved by his student peers, he has a wonderful tenor (and countertenor) voice, is a fabulous composer, and bakes delicious pies! I cannot recommend him enough!”

-James Demler

“I've had the pleasure of working with Will professionally within many musical mediums in the Boston area for the last five years. His inventive creativity and drive to think outside the box has been a continuous source of inspiration for myself and our peers. His personable nature is palpable in his collaborations; whether singing in a choir, working directly with a performer of his work, instructing students, or providing insight during lectures, Will's inviting attitude has led to incredible musical experiences for all involved.”

-Sam de Soto, colleague, conductor, teacher, tenor

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