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William Vollinger is primarily a composer of vocal music, performed by such groups as the Gregg Smith Singers and New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of his Three Songs About the Resurrection won first prize at the Geneva International Competition. Sound Portraits is a recent recording on Capstone featuring soprano Linda Ferreira, including The Child in the Hole. It was selected for the 2003 Contemporary Music Festival in Kearney, Nebraska, and the 2004 Society of Composers National Conference. Tennessee Technological University presented an entire concert of his music. His works have been performed and broadcast in Europe, United States, and Asia. NPR devoted an hour program to his music.
Writing in the Nov./Dec 2003 issue of Fanfare, Raymond Beegle writes, "I have known his work for years and believe, after much consideration, that there is genius in it. With astonishing depth and clarity, Vollinger brings his subjects to life. One finds a new musical language, not born out of a desire to be new, but a desire to be clear and to tell the truth. With all it's freshness, it is rooted in our past traditions, felicitously circumventing all the chaos, all the attitudinizing, and intellectualizing, and publicizing, that litter the present musical horizon."