William Linthicum-Blackhorse (b.1989)

North American Contemporary Composer

William Linthicum-Blackhorse, DMA has been actively commissioned, writing music for ensembles and performers including the South Dakota State University Wind Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Choir, Delaware Choral Academy, National Flute Association Diversity Committee, Texas Tech University Orchestras, South Plains College Choirs, and Fulbright flutist Tammy Yonce. Currently he is a freelance composer in the United States.

William began composing on his own at the age of 12. His music studies began in the piano studio of Mary Ann LaCour in Katy, TX at the age of 14. He attended Cinco Ranch HS in Katy, TX and studied choir, musical theatre, and dance. In 2005 he was awarded the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated with honors in 2007 and began attending Baylor University to study Aerospace Science. In 2013 he began attending McLennan College in Waco, TX to earn prerequisites for a bachelor’s degree in music, however in 2014 he was accepted into a Master of Music program for composition at Texas Tech University. He completed his master’s degree in 2016 and his DMA in 2019 concluding with his capstone musical drama The Raven, performed jointly by Moonlight Musicals Co. and TTU Opera.

DMA Dissertation Paper

Anthology of Adaptations, Analysis and Discussion of an Original Composition, Musical Drama, and 21st Century Music Topics regarding Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”