His former horn & composition teacher's include William Capps, Kristen Hansen, Brian Robison, Rick Callier, David Ludwig, Sheridan Seyfried, and Stephen Cabell.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, into a musically gifted family, William May began studying music at the age of 11. His very first composition, “Fanfare for Six Horns”, received its premier performance at his alma mater, Columbus State University, before going on to become a 2nd place National Prizewinner in the 2009 Music Teachers National Association Competition for Young Composers.
Since that time, he has written music for a number of venues, including music festivals, recitals, competitions, workshops, and weddings; today, his music continues to be performed throughout the United States, and abroad.
In addition to composing, William’s skills as an arranger and orchestrator remain highly sought-after along the Eastern coast. He has arranged a number of pieces for chamber ensemble, orchestra, wind band, marching band, Jazz Band, and Gospel choir. In 2008, he contributed marching band arrangements to the Xbox 360 video game "BCF the Xperience".
Also, in July of 2009, he conducted members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in performing his own orchestral arrangements of Gospel hymn tunes alongside singer/recording artist Marvina Lilly.
In December of 2010, he premiered “The Music Box”, his first orchestral composition, with Maestro Paul Hostetter conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of Columbus State University; this would culminate his musical studies under composer Alfred Cohen, at Columbus State University.
He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in music composition at Georgia State University, under the guidance and tutelage of Nickitas Demos.
A recipient of several music awards on the state, regional, and national level, William appears to be quickly building a name for himself in the field of music composition, as well as establishing and maintaining a loyal following of fans, musicians, fellow composers, arrangers and friends on his YouTube music page.
William plans to pursue a career as a composer/arranger in the areas of Classical, Jazz, Gospel, and Film music.