Composer | Researcher | Pipe-carrier | Two-Spirit

North American Music Composer & Doctor of Musical Arts

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William Linthicum-Blackhorse

[ˈwɪl-jəm] [ˈlɪns-kəʊm] [ˈblæk-hɔrs]


is an LGBT+ “Two-Spirit” (he/him, they/them) multi-ethnic Music Composer in North America that has been actively commissioned, writing music for ensembles and performers across the globe. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Western Music Theory, performed as a Guest Artist for numerous ensembles, and spearheaded efforts to expand and innovate the repertoire for Lakȟóta music. His works include a wide array of themes stemming from his cultural, environmental, and spiritual influences; namely his Hispanic, European, and Indigenous heritages. He is currently a freelance composer living in the United States of America.

Dr. Blackhorse began composing on his own at the age of 12, subsequently attending Baylor University in 2007 to study Aerospace Science. In 2014 he was accepted into the graduate program for composition at Texas Tech University, completing his Master’s degree in 2016 and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in 2019.

The Arts make us feel truly alive…and that is why we keep going back to them.


ði ɑrts meɪk əs fil ˈtruli əˈlaɪv…ənd ðæt ɪz waɪ wi kip ˈgoʊɪŋ bæk tu ðɛm.


Oéčhuŋ kiŋ úŋ oyáte líla wíyuškiŋpi…čha hé úŋ gleúŋkhiyapi s’a.