Composer, teacher and conductor William A. Fletcher can trace his fascination with music to a specific event: a free concert given by a then-new duo, Simon and Garfunkel, when he was 12 years old. He took up guitar that very week, and joyfully played it all day, every day for the next 15 years…
Fletcher is choirmaster and music theory teacher at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. As music director of the Concord Chorale, a 75-voice auditioned community chorus, he led tours of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Canada and (what was then) Czechoslovakia. Additionally, he was a founding member, singer and pandorist with The Goodmorrow Consort, a group that performed Elizabethan broken consort music on period instruments.
An ardent supporter of new music, he has conducted the premieres of works by Michael Annicchiarico, Gwyneth Walker, Augusta Read Thomas, James Grant, Robert Powell, Marilyn Ziffrin, Petr Reznícek and Henryk Górecki, among others.
He has fulfilled commissions from the Christa MacAuliffe Planetarium, The Concord Community Music School, The Concord Chorale, The Infinities Ensemble, The Larksong Trio, and St. Paul’s School, as well as from performers Peggo Horstmann Hodes, Peggy Senter, Katie Lyon-Pingree, Mark Andrew Cleveland, Gregg Pauley and Jean Benson.
At home in the studio, Fletcher has produced recordings for Steve Schuch, The Night Heron Consort, Wellspring, femme m’amie, Peggo & Paul, St. Paul’s School, Lucy Chapin, Johnny Nicholson, and soprano Holly Outwin-Tepe, among others.
In addition to his musical activities, he is also known as a portrait painter and graphic artist/web designer. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Margaret, and their three daughters. His website is www.williamafletcher.com.
And he still plays guitar, with The Fletchtones.