William Mac Davis is an American composer and music professor whose works have been performed extensively across the United States as well as in England, Italy, China, Brazil, and South Korea. His music has been described as exhibiting “youthful energy” and possessing a “rhythmic vitality that exists in every moment of his compositions.” His recently released recording, Fearful Symmetry (Centaur Records), which contains twenty-four of his art songs, was described by one reviewer as containing melodies that “command immediate attention, respecting the metrical contours of the lyrics while taking exciting rhythmic and dynamic liberties rooted in a sober appreciation of the texts’ latent emotions.” (You can listen to excerpts from the album here.)
His compositions have won numerous awards, including the Ithaca College Choral Composition Award, the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition, and the Delius Festival Vocal Category Award. He was awarded a composer fellowship to the 1984 Petit Jean Art Song Workshop where he had the opportunity to work with the renowned American song composer, Ned Rorem.
Davis’ music has been performed by many notable ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the United States Army Orchestra, the United States Army Brass Quintet, the Colonial Tuba Quartet and by outstanding artists such as Tony Baker, Donald Palmire, John Mueller, Lynda Poston-Smith and Robert Smith.