William (Bill) MacSems
born 1930

William (Bill) MacSems was born in New York City, New York In 1930. He served in the US Air Force band from 1950 to 1953. In 1959 he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Los Angeles State College and earned his Master of Arts degree in Music Composition from San Francisco State College in 1967 where he studied with Roger Nixon.

In 1970 - 1971, he studied with Gottfried von Einem in Vienna, Austria, at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He has been a music educator from 1959-1986 and has been conductor and guest conductor for orchestras, bands and choruses in New Jersey and California.
Orchestra and Chorus

The Songs Of Love; a cantata for solist chorus and orchestra text from the Songs Of Solomon
Hymn Of The Valley; (a tribute to California’s Great Central valley) for narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra
The Key; for reader, chorus and orchestra or choir, Bb clarinet, viola & piano. Text by Martin Luther King

Chamber Music

Vienna String Quartet
Turkanschantz Park; violin (or cello ), Bb clarinet & piano
Sonata; Bb clarinet, cello & piano
Toot Suite; brass quintet
Three Songs for Flute & Guitar
Arioso, flute & piano


The Outcasts Of Poker Flat; a two act opera adapted from Bret Hart’s short story
Mardi Gras; a comedia del’Arte opera in one act
Pandora’s Box; a one act opera for childern
The Gift; a one act opera adapted from O’Henry’s “The Gift Of The Magi”
Infidel; a one act opera dealing with effect of 9/11 on boyfriend/girlfriendend


Elegy for Band
Divergence for wind orchestra
Introspection: for Piano & Band
Lay Me Down Midst Gaelic Shamrog; band acc
Show Time (a band concert intro)
Suite for Band

Piano & Piano/Orchestra

Allegro; piano & orchestra
Bagatelle; piano & chamber orchestra
Introspection; piano & orchestra or concert band
Out of Cuba
Rodeo Rondo
The Rose Piano Concerto in Eb Minor


Humility a capella SSATB
Thre Poems (Emily Dickenson) a capella SATB, SSA, or SAB
Gold At Caloma; SATB piano acc.
Let There Be Love; a capella SATB
Stopping By The Wood On A Snowy Evening (Robert Frost) SATB/pn acc

Solo Voice


No Man Is An Island ; piano acc
Lay Me Down Midst Gaelic Shamrog; piano acc/.band acc.
Hymn Of The Valley; piano or orch acc.


Birds Of Frost; a song Cycle( R. Frost) piano/oboe acc.
Claire's Quandry; aria from opera, Infidel, pn acc.


Four Songs for Elementary Piano
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