william (andrew) burnson


Welcome to my (one)page! Here you will find a lot about my work—all on a single page!


As both a composer and software developer, I am an avid do-it-yourselfer, author of several works for piano as well as open-source music applications including Fixations (solo piano), Bike Ride (solo piano with graphic), Rail Roa Di Ana (double piano trio); and Brick (audio processing), Belle, Bonne, Sage (notation), and Chorale Composer (music theory), and have presented my work at the International Computer Music Conference in 2009 and 2010. I received a B.M. in Composition from Bucknell University in 2007, an M.M. and D.M.A. in Composition from University of Illinois in 2009 and 2013.


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Piano Performance

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  • Belle, Bonne, Sage—The “Beautiful, Good, Wise” C++ Vector-Graphics Library for Music Notation
  • MICA—Music Information and Concept Archive for music encoding (live tutorial)
  • Brick—a high-quality audio resampler and pitch-shifter
  • Chorale Composer—Software for Teaching Music Theory
  • prim.cc—the prim and proper C++ utility library
These are the open-source software development projects I lead.


Bike Ride
My piece Bike Ride for solo piano.


Click for Video
those three the's and and's, those an's, that...—for piano and distributed paperback book


Publications and Essays


A picture of me sometime around December 2010


  • Self-Destruct premiered at University of Illinois by Casey Gene Dierlam and Drew Whiting (10.01.2012)
  • Steal This Piece premiered at University of Illinois by New Music Ensemble with James Blachly conducting (03.05.2012)
  • Thirteenth Annual Piano Commission Concert with Casey Gene Dierlam at University of Illinois (02.08.2012)
  • Rail Roa Di Ana performed in Columbia, SC at the Society of Composers, Inc. Nat'l Conference 2010 (11.13.2010)
  • Rail Roa Di Ana performed in Smith Hall (4.28.2010)
  • Reflex played at the Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts (9.26.2009)
  • Chorale Composer 1.0 is released! (9.21.2009)
  • Demonstration of Chorale Composer at ICMC 2009 (8.16.2009)

Curriculum Vitae

Here is my current CV. Contact me for references.


  • D.M.A. candidate in Music Composition (University of Illinois)
  • M.M. Music Composition (University of Illinois, 2009)
  • B.M. Music Composition (Bucknell University, 2007)
  • Fulfilled requirements for B.A. Russian (Bucknell University, 2007)
  • Studies abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia (CIEE/St. Petersburg State University, 2005)


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Princeton, NJ 08540-6933


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