Composer William V. Malpede holds a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Elmhurst College, Illinois, where he began arranging and composing for the award-winning Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and vocal jazz ensemble, Late Night Blues. After touring as principle keyboardist with CATS, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (starring Donny Osmond), and MUSIC OF THE NIGHT (starring Melissa Manchester and Betty Buckley), William settled in Los Angeles. His numerous and varied music production credits in film and television include RUNAWAY JURY, SPIDERMAN 3, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, RANGO, BLEED OUT, CITY OF GOLD, SCHELLEN-URSLI, and CRIES FROM SYRIA. Original scores include ANGELS DON’T SLEEP HERE, GUYS ‘N DIVAS, and the award-winning, ANOTHER HARVEST MOON, (co-scored with Rick Garcia). Between 2012 and 2014, William co-wrote original songs for the Disney Junior series, “QUIET IS,” and the featurette, LUCKY DUCK: A TUB TOY TALE. Mr. Malpede was awarded in 2015 with an Artist Residency Grant for composition from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico. William’s choral works are published with Hal Leonard, Pavane, and MusicSpoke, have won awards with VocalEssence, The Singers, and The Illinois ACDA, and have been performed by The L.A. Choral Lab, the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, the Glendale College Concert Singers, and the Hollywood United Methodist Church. William currently serves as lecturer of Music in Film at CalState University, Northridge, serves on the Board for the Academy of Scoring Arts, and continues to write for choral ensembles and for film; most recently, for the critically-acclaimed short, STILL HERE (2020). In 2021, William was thrilled to have won the Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest with Education Through Music-LA, and is looking forward to providing the orchestrations for an international live production, SUPERHUMAN, scheduled for Fall of 2022.
05.13.21 "The Lamps Are Different" premieres with ETM-LA's MUSIC UNITES THE WORLD Celebration and Concert!
03.21.21 My music for STILL HERE has won Best Score in the San Francisco Indie Short Festival 2021!
Thank you, Chuck Saculla, Leah Stanko, and Tom Pardoe!
01.05.21 I am thrilled to share this announcement:
"CONGRATULATIONS! We are excited to announce that you have been selected as the winner of Education Through Music-LA’s 2021 Music Unites the World Songwriting Contest!
Our external panel of judges were impressed with your piece, The Lamps Are Different, and we believe it wii be an inspiring piece for the 2021 Music Unites the World Festival!"
10.31.20 I will be leading an online score study with The Academy of Scoring Arts, of Bernard Herrmann's classic, legendary score to Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO. 10/31/20 from 10am to noon.
08.22.20 "System of the Clown" composed by Martin Tillman and William V. Malpede is licensed for use in Netflix' LUCIFER Soundtrack
07.11.20 My original score for the short, STILL HERE was awarded Best Original Score, 2nd Place, in the ReelHeART INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
03.07.20 I will be co- leading a seminar with the Academy of Scoring Arts: ALEX NORTH THE MUSIC OF THE MISFITS and 2001 along with composer Edwin Wendler.
02.25.20 I orchestrated, and served as music director for THE MUSIC OF ELMER BERNSTEIN at The Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. We were a popular and critical success!
12.15.19 The Glendale College Concert Singers under the direction of Dr. Peter Green perform "Psalm 90."
06.27.19 My piece, "Duet" has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Illinois ACDA Choral Composition Contest! "Duet" is based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and will have its premiere at Illinois State University at their Summer ReTreat.
06.01.19 I will be leading a seminar with the Academy of Scoring Arts on HERRMANN - HITCHCOCK: THE MUSIC OF NORTH BY NORTHWEST with special guest, author Steven C. Smith