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Will Healy


Will Healy a composer and pianist based in New York. Noted for his "lushly bluesy" sound and "adroitly blended... textures" (New York Times), he is the artistic director of ShoutHouse, an ensemble of 14 hip-hop, jazz, and classical musicians. After playing trumpet in an Afrobeat band for a few years, he grew interested in collaborating with performers from many corners of the New York music scene. In addition, he is an accomplished pianist specializing in Bach. Recent awards include a 2017 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the W.K. Rose Fellowship, a JFund commission from the American Composers Forum, and prizes in the Juilliard and Kaleidoscope Orchestra Composition Competitions. Healy’s work has been performed at The Apollo Theater, the NY Philharmonic’s Biennial series, the Aspen Music Festival, on "New Sounds" with John Schaefer (WNYC) and "Making Music" (WBAI), and more. Will was the recipient of the Richard Rodgers Scholarship at The Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/6/2018: Songwriters: The Next Generation

Songwriters: The Next Generation is a collaboration between The ASCAP Foundation and the Kennedy Center, showcasing the work of four young songwriters and composers.

Presented in collaboration with The ASCAP Foundation.

Will Healy