B I O G R A P H Y
The Emmy-nominated music of
composer Bill Withem has been
performed throughout the Western
Hemisphere, with premieres in
New York, Los Angeles, and
His music for choreographer
Lina Puodziukaite’s Egle
received its premiere at Lincoln
Center. His orchestral work
Supernova premiered by conductor José Luís Maúrtua and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru. Withem's one-act opera,
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, premiered at Michigan State University under the baton of Raphael Jimenez. Withem was recently
nominated for an Emmy for best musical score to the documentary film Imported From China.
Other recent premieres include The Journey is a Labyrinth Within for the Flint Youth Ballet, The Outlets of the Sky for college wind
ensemble, Agamemnon for solo horn, Fireflies at Southern Dusk for trumpet and orchestra, and multiple film scores for director Geri
Alumit Zeldes. Future commissions include an orchestral work, a saxophone quartet, a song cycle, and a trio for flute, percussion, and
Withem's education began with playing the trumpet at age thirteen, and continued with musical studies at Appalachian State
University and Illinois State University, earning composition degrees from both colleges. In 2003 he received a masters in film scoring
from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and in 2009 received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University.
He has also participated in various composition workshops, including the John Duffy Composers Institute and ASCAP's Film
Composing Workshop in Los Angeles.
Withem currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, where he teaches
composition, music technology, and theory.