BILL WITHEM began playing trumpet at the age of thirteen, and later continued his musical studies at Appalachian State University and Illinois State University, earning composition degrees from both colleges. In 2003 he received a masters in film scoring from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and in 2009 received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University.
Withem's compositions have been performed throughout the Western Hemisphere, with premieres in both North and South America. His music for choreographer Lina Puodziukaite’s piece Egle received its premiere at Lincoln Center in New York. His orchestral work Supernova was premiered by conductor José Luís Maúrtua and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru. Withem’s opera, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, premiered at Michigan State University under the baton of Raphael Jimenez. Other recent premieres include The Journey is a Labyrinth Within for the Flint Youth Ballet, The Outlets of the Sky for college wind ensemble, Agamemnon for solo horn, and multiple film scores for director Geri Alumit Zeldes. Future commissions include an orchestral work, a saxophone quartet, a song cycle, and a trio for flute, percussion, and piano.