William (Bill) MacSems was born in New York City, N.Y. in 1930. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1959 from California State University, Los Angeles. He studied with Roger Nixon to earn his Master of Arts Degree in Music Composition from California State University at San Francisco in 1967. In 1970-71 he studied with Gottfried von Einem at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.

He founded and directed community and theater. He was conductor of the Glen Rock, N.J. Community Orchestra, guest conductor of the Coastside Community Orchestra in Half Moon Bay, Ca, conductor and guest conductor of the Nevada County Concert Band, in Nevada City and Grass Valley, Ca. His music has been performed in Vienna Austria, Bucharest, Romania, in and around San Francisco and Sacramento, Ca., and Cleveland, Oh. Mr. MacSems taught music in the public schools of California and New Jersey from 1959 to 1998. His library of compositions include vocal, (solo and choral) opera, musicals, chamber ensembles, orchestra, symphonic band and "big" band arrangements. His music has been performed in Vienna Austria, Bucharest, Romania, in and around San Francisco and Sacramento, Ca., and Cleveland, Oh.

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Compositions

The Key



for Narrator, SATB Chorus, Piano, Bb Clarinet, Viola

Music by William MacSems
Prologue by Martin L. King
Text: 1st Epistle of St. John


Praeludium for orchestra




Irish Suite for Flute and Orchestra



This suite is in five movements: #1 Kissing the Blarney Stone, #2 Lay Me Down Midst Galic Shamrog, #3 A Bit Of Ireland, #4 An irish Lassie, #5 Return to Galway