William Dougherty is an American composer and recipient of the 2021 Luciano Berio Rome Prize in Music Composition from the American Academy in Rome. Dougherty's works have been performed internationally by ensembles including Distractfold Ensemble (Manchester), The Sun Ra Arkestra (Philadelphia), Yarn/Wire (New York), Ensemble Phoenix (Basel), TILT Brass (New York), Ensemble for New Music Tallinn (Estonia), JACK Quartet (New York), and Talea Ensemble (New York). His music has been featured in festivals such as IRCAM's ManiFeste (2019), musikprotokoll (2018), Donaueschingen Musiktage (2017), New Music Miami (2017), Tectonics Festival New York (2015), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2015), the 47th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (2014), the New York Philharmonic Biennale (2014), and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Dougherty has received recognitions and awards from Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM/ISCM), the Aaron Copland House, SEAMUS/ASCAP, BMI, PARMA Recordings, the PRS for Music Society, the American Composers Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Institute for European Studies, and the UK Foreign Aid and Commonwealth Office. William has been invited to attend composition courses at Acanthes, Fontainebleau, Royaumont, and IMPULS. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Columbia University in New York City where his dissertation explores the collaborative creative process behind Éliane Radigue's instrumental music.