William Ellison

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Life

Born: 1949

Biography

William Harry Ellison was born in 1949, was raised in the Southwestern United States and graduated high school in late 1960’s. After high school, he went to the U. S. Army and then to college studying music performance, music composition, and music education. Mr. Ellison studied music theory/composition under Byron Hanson and Doy M. Baker at Interlochen Arts Academy while in high school. He achieved advanced degrees in Music Theory/Composition studying under Dr. Warner Hutchison, Dr. William “Doc” Tietze, and Dr. Lewis Spencer. He also achieved a Master of Music degree in Secondary Music Education studying in various Universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona, and Washington state. Mr. Ellison taught high school band and played professionally throughout the American Southwest and Northwest.

While in the Northwest, Mr. Ellison worked in the information technology fields as a technical writer and finally in computer and network communications and IT security. He achieved advanced certifications as a network engineer and in IT security including Microsoft Certified Network Engineer (MCSE), Interactive Intelligence Certified Systems Engineer (ICCE in VoIP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

In 2015 Mr. Ellison moved back to the Southwest US returning to music performance and composition. Mr. Ellison started performing with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Choir in 2016 to 2022 and is now singing with the Tucson Masterworks Chorale. In February 2020 He was commissioned to set all 150 Psalms to contemporary choral music. As the compositions are completed, they will be listed here. He is composing these Psalms for a variety of musical styles and accompaniments. Mr. Ellison’s wish is to have anyone who wants to perform any of the compositions to have full access to the music. All the compositions include score and full instrumentation (upon request) and Mr. Ellison requests that you message him with who is performing the composition, and if the performance is for profit, that 10% of the profit go to help the needy and homeless in your local area.

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