Will Orchard is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bassist from Barrington, RI. His love for music has taken him on tour around the United States and Europe multiple times both as a bandleader/singer-songwriter, and as a side-musician. He has released two records under his own name, has written hundreds of songs, and holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Will was first introduced to the guitar at age nine. Within a few years, his hobby turned into a passion when he discovered the magic of writing songs and collaborating with others. Will grew his own music community in his hometown by organizing gigs at his school and local community center. By the time he was in high school, he was playing regularly at venues in Providence, RI. During this time, he realized his ultimate passion was for the song, the driving force behind all music. He began a regular songwriting and production routine in which he wrote and recorded an EP every single week with his experimental folk project, LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike. This prolific trend has deeply shaped his style and formed him into the musician he is today.
At 18, Will was accepted at Berklee, where he studied a mixture of guitar performance, music business, and music production. His journey took him in and out of Berklee twice, where he intermittently lived on Ashlawn Farm in Lyme, CT, home of the indie-rock band The Brazen Youth, who became his close friends and collaborators. During this time he began booking his own tours around the country and growing his career in between periods of formal study. Steadily, Will made a name for himself in the DIY music scene as a prolific and hardworking indie-folk artist before graduating Berklee and moving to Austin, TX.
In recent years, Will discovered a deep love for teaching, and the thrill of helping new musicians find the same spark which drives him. With a breadth of knowledge and experience in different styles ranging from jazz to rock to flamenco, Will provides a friendly, empathetic and patient voice in the lesson room. Will understands that learning an instrument requires both discipline and inspiration, and that music should be fun, even when it provides a challenge. He provides a mixture of a technical, theory-based approach with an easy-going and improvisational outlook, but above all, understands that every student is completely unique and that nobody learns music the same way.