Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “richly soaring vocal lines,” William David Cooper is the composer of three operas, and music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, Baroque instruments, chorus, film, dance and electronics. His music has been performed by Augustin Hadelich, Liza Stepanova, The New York Virtuoso Singers, AnticoModerno, the Saint Peter’s Bach Collegium Orchestra, Splinter Reeds, the Lysander Trio, ECCE Ensemble, the Lydian String Quartet, the Calder Quartet, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others.
Cooper’s operas have been featured by Fort Worth Opera, West Edge Opera, the National Opera Association, Four Corners Ensemble’s Operation Opera, the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, and the Black House Ensemble at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. In 2017, his ballet written in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation premiered at St. Peter’s Church, NYC. His Yeats Songs were commissioned and premiered by the New York Virtuoso Singers. Upcoming premieres include pieces written for the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, and violist Kurt Rohde. Cooper is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the Aspen Music Festival, the Wellesley Composer’s Conference, Ucross, I-Park, Brush Creek and VCCA. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of California, Davis, his teachers include Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser, Kurt Rohde, Ross Bauer and Pablo Ortiz. He has taught at Purdue University, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Boston Conservatory Composition Intensive, and is currently on faculty at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He also serves as organist and choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church, New London.