William Montgomery is a composer, arranger, percussionist, teacher, adjudicator, and clinician currently living in Reno, Nevada, while pursuing a masters of music composition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his bachelors of arts in music (piano) at Idaho State University. While studying there he was awarded first place at the Idaho State University Undergraduate Research Symposium for his work Through the Moonlight and the Mist that was later performed by the Idaho State String Orchestra. He originally began his music education on piano at 8 and discovered a love for theory and analysis. His primary piano instructors have been Mark Neiwirth and Dr. Kori Bond. His composition instructors have been Dr. Thom Ritter George, Dr. Thom Hasenpflug, Dr. James Winn, and Dr. Jean-Paul Perrotte. He has had performances of his music at Idaho State University, Pocatello High School, The Leavitt Center for the Arts in Pocatello, Idaho, and the University of Nevada, Reno. His music is currently slotted for performances at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Iowa, Palmdale Jr. High School in Palmdale, CA, and the University of Nevada, Reno. When not teaching music theory to university freshman and sophomores or teaching percussion at Robert McQueen High School, William enjoys being in the outdoors, camping, skiing, and traveling with his wife and kids.

website: www.williammontgomerycomposer.com

email: williammontgomerycomposer@gmail.com


String Quartet in C minor

This piece is a depiction of just a few stages of depression that one might hit while in its throws. This is a live performance by the Nightingale String Quartet last spring at the Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada-Reno campus.

The Winds of the Portneuf

This piece is dedicated to my hometown of Pocatello, ID. This town is nestled in between two large mountain ranges before the flatlands of the Snake River Plains. This geographical feature creates a varied and drastic winds. Each movement depicts a different type of wind, or lack there of, and the last movement depicts the hustle and bustle of Pocatello. This piece was performed by the North Star Chamber Ensemble and taken on their tour through Tahoe, California, and Northern Nevada.