William Holab, Guest Lecturer

Photo: Jim Graham

William Holab is the owner of Bill Holab Music, providers of services to publishers, composers, performing organizations, and other institutions that require publishing professionals. Holab is widely known as one of the foremost experts on music engraving, and has engraved for almost every major music publisher, and for numerous well-known composers.

His company, Bill Music Music, represents numerous composers, including Michael Daugherty, Richard Danielpour, Jake Heggie, Laura Kaminsky, Robert Paterson, Kevin Puts, Christopher Theofanidis, and Michael Torke.

In 1980, while studying composition at Juilliard, Holab began work for Music Publishing Services, an autography firm that prepared high-end engraving for publication. He later moved on to become an editor at C.F. Peters Corp., Director of Publications for G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers, Director of Production for Universal Edition, and Director of Sales and Publishing for Schott Music Corp.

During this period the industry converted its various manual methods of music engraving to computer-based notesetting. The first program to be used was Leland Smith’s SCORE program. Holab wrote the technical documentation for this program and consulted extensively on its development. Holab continues to consult for MakeMusic (Finale) and Sibelius on the details of fine engraving and how to translate its principles to computer-based note setting.

Holab is a contributing author to Insights and Essays on the Music Performance Library (Meredith Music/Hal Leonard), and contributes articles to numerous publications and periodicals on topics relating to the industry. He presents workshops to composers and music professionals throughout the country on engraving, copyright, contracts, and commissions.