Will Brobston is a Philadelphia-based composer and guitarist who utilizes music as a means to better understand and interpret various aspects of life, art, and extramusical topics. Will seeks to harness the full range of cognitive value from the compositional process. From researching sources of inspiration to collaborating with performers, he regards each unique project as a new perspective from which to learn more about the world around him.
Will originally hails from Alabama, where he first discovered his passion for music and later received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After his undergraduate studies, he moved to Colorado and obtained a Master of Music degree in both Composition and Guitar Performance from the University of Denver in 2017. At DU, Will worked as a graduate teaching assistant and was awarded for his accomplishments in both degree concentrations.
Since his graduate studies, Will has focused primarily on compositional work and teaching. His most recent project, Bardo (2018), was commissioned by Denver-based guitarist Russ Callison, and is based on the Tibetan concept of the transitional journey between death and rebirth. Other recent works include an ongoing series of duets entitled Interplay (2017), which explores timbral and technical relationships between various pairs of instruments, and Star Dune (2017), an orchestral work that sonically represents stories and phenomena associated with desert landscapes.
In the summer of 2018, Will completed a year of national service in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado through ArtistYear, an AmeriCorps program dedicated to making a positive impact on our nation’s students and communities through the arts. Will is currently serving his second service year through the organization in Philadelphia while he plants roots as a professional musician on the East Coast.