William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a student of David Allen Moore. He is currently replacing Nicholas Walker during his sabbatical at Ithaca College for the 2019-2020 school year.
In 2019 Will performed as principal bass of l’Orchestre de Toulon and also continued his studies with Olivier Thiery at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has performed concertos with the Colorado and Culver City Symphonies and also numerous youth orchestras in Colorado and California. Will was awarded 2nd place in both the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition, and the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, and 3rd place in 2016 the Jefferson International Young Artists Competition.
Will has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada), Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic (UK), the New World Symphony (Miami), the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. He has also spent four summers on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. Will completed the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies under Joel Quarrington in 2015, and returned to USC for a master’s degree on full scholarship graduating with highest honors. From 2017 to 2019 Will was a recipient of the Harriet Halle Woolley Artist’s Fellowship from the Fondation des Etats-Unis to study in Paris with double bass virtuoso François Rabbath.
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