William J. Lackey
"Lackey has orchestrated an emotionally moving, multimedia work called Ritual of the Body Electric."
Nick Malewski, Kansas City Star
September 4, 2008.
The music of William J. Lackey has been featured at the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA), Quixotic Performance Fusion, Bowdoin International Summer Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East, New York University's "Music for the XXI Century" Festival and California's Festival of the Arts. His music has been performed by The New York Art Ensemble, the California E.A.R. Unit, newEar, mezzo soprano Linda Hirst, soprano Rebecca Sherburn, clarinetist Alan Hacker, saxophonist Mary Joy Patchett, saxophonist Keith Michael Bohm, percussionist Joby Burgess, and percussionist Chris Brannick. Lackey was selected to participate in the 2009 Etchings Festival for Contemporary Music at Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France. He was also selected as a resident artist for Troika Ranch's 2008 Live - I Workshop held at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York. Lackey won the 1998 New York Art Ensemble Young Composers Competition.
Lackey will be completing an 8-week residency in Minnesota as a 2011 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum.
Currently, he is Administrative Director for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival and the Admissions and Publicity Coordinator for the University of Missouri School of Music. He serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for newEar contemporary chamber ensemble and a member of the board of directors for the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA). Lackey received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance. He studied composition with James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Jennifer M. Barker. To find out more about his music visit www.williamjlackey.com.