Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Bass: William Cravy


A native of Colorado and a passionate voice for the double bass, William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, three Provost’s Research Fellowships, and the String and Orchestral Awards for Outstanding Graduate. Will is a tenured member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as an orchestral musician with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the Las Vegas Philharmonic, as principal bass of Aspen Opera under Robert Spano, and alongside his teacher in the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. His time with NACO included a tour of the UK and a personal audience with His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

As a soloist he was awarded 2nd place in both the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition and the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition (LA Phil judged), 3rd place in 2016 the Jefferson International Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the 2016 Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition. Will has played concertos with the Colorado Symphony, the Culver City Symphony, and was featured in an Aspen Music Festival Student-Spotlight Recital. A past member of the Colorado Young Musician’s Foundation Roster, he received the 2009 Jeff Bradley Colorado Young Musician Award. His primary teachers include David Allen Moore, Susan Cahill and Ken Harper, and significant additional studies with Paul Ellison, Hal Robinson, Ben Hong, Joel Quarrington, Albert Laszlo, and Chris Hanulik.

Will has performed chamber music with members of the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony. He has spent the last four summers as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and participated in the Lake George, Domaine Forget, Wabass Institute, and Colorado College music festivals. Will is currently pursuing a master’s degree on full scholarship at USC after recently completing the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies.