Singer and Composer William George has performed with musical organizations around the world, including Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, and festivals in Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Aldeburgh. Originally from the U.S., he moved to Vancouver in 2005. Since then he has performed with Victoria Symphony, City Opera Vancouver and Erato Ensemble, among others. Recordings include Viola Jokes with acclaimed violist Melia Watras, Geometrics by L. Warde, and Marga Richter's opera "Riders to the Sea." His CD with guitarist Michael Strutt, Eastern Odyssey, will be released by RedShift in 2014. He is a current member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and is singer-songwriter with the roots-rock band Horse Opera.
As a composer, Mr. George's compositions have been performed and commissioned by such organizations as New Music New York, Erato Ensemble, Vancouver International Song Institute, Holy Rosary Cathedral, and The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. His cantata "The Virtues" was nominated for a 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Mr. George is the recipient of several ASCAPlus Awards, and is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. Will's knowledge of vocal repertoire and technique makes him uniquely qualified in composing for the voice. His works can be inviting or challenging, but are always communicative and use the words as the basis for composition.
In 2006 Will co-founded Erato Ensemble, which has premiered and presented several of his works. Holy Rosary Cathedral commissioned Missa Brevis for their vocal quartet, which was premiered at a Mass In August 2007. In 2009, Mr. George was invited by Rena Sharon to participate in an experimental project at UBC - a commission by the Medical Research Department to set to music the response of a drug-trial participant. The resulting song was The Drugs Don't Work, which became part of an artistic event centered around their research.