William Longo is a versatile composer and arranger, creating music in a variety of genres. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by notable jazz and popular artists, including Bruce Hornsby, Steve Miller, Jon Secada, Cyrille Aimée, and Nicole Henry. Recent commissions include works for The Airmen of Note, JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, the Power of Love Gala™ at the MGM Grand, the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami, and for several other university and high school music programs. In 2014, Longo received the USAFB Sammy Nestico Award for his composition, New Day, which was premiered by The Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Longo has also received critical recognition from Downbeat Magazine, earning Student Music Awards for Jazz Arranging and Engineered Studio Recording.
Currently, Dr. Longo is a part-time lecturer at the University of Miami, where he teaches courses in the departments of Studio Music and Jazz, and Music Theory and Composition.
Longo completed his D.M.A. in Jazz Composition at University of Miami. During his doctoral studies, he completed significant research on small group jazz arranging techniques for brass and woodwinds, conducting a comparative study of the works of Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, Oliver Nelson, and Duke Pearson. He also served as an instructor for a variety of courses across several departments, including hybrid MIDI/acoustic composition production techniques, recording technology, jazz arranging techniques, and also served as assistant conductor for the Frost Studio Jazz Band. In addition, Dr. Longo served as supervisor and curriculum developer with Frost MusicReach, UM's community outreach and mentoring program. An active educator throughout South Florida, Dr. Longo has also taught courses at Florida International University and Miami Dade College.
In addition, Longo has earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Connecticut, a M.A. in Jazz Performance from Queens College (CUNY), and a M.M. in Studio Jazz Writing from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he earned the Award for Academic Merit and was a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow.
Prior to attending the University of Miami, Longo worked as instrumental music director at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT. While there, he directed concert band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble, developed curriculum for a semester class in music appreciation, and coordinated concerts and tours for the department. In addition to his experience at JBHS, William has taught privately in school districts and community music studios, worked as a clinician, guest conductor and teacher at summer camps, and as a contributing author for music education periodicals
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