A former pupil of many of the best possible academies in america, William (Robert) Mayer received schooling at Yale School (B.A. 1949), the Juilliard College (summer months 1949), the Mannes University (around 1949 – 1952), as well as the Aspen Music College (summer months 1960). At these places, his teachers included Herbert Baumgartner, Richard Donovan, Salzer, Roger Periods, and Izler Solomon. This author of stage, orchestral, chamber, single instrumental, and vocal functions provides received many honours and commissions; he had taken a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966, a Ford Base recording offer in 1969, and an NEA structure fellowship eight years afterwards. Furthermore, A Loss of life in the Family members (commissioned from the Minnesota Opera Business in 1982), his second opera, brought him acclaim through the Country wide Institute for Musical Theatre in 1983. His compositions are specifically documented for Albany, nearly all that are vocal functions that form an individual compilation; the game titles of these items consist of La belle dame sans merci, Get into Ariel (1980), Fern Hill, First Music, and Passing (1981). Furthermore to writing functions for professional music artists, Mayer in addition has written several piano items for children.