William Fallon has a way of setting goals and pursuing them with every ounce of energy he can muster. His achievements speak for themselves. Now the 2018 Huntington High School graduate is set to take on a new set of challenges at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
“I wanted to go to Peabody because it’s a nice and small school,” Mr. Fallon said. “There's a new program focused on composing music for video games and other interactive media and that’s what I want to do after college.”
Mr. Fallon earlier considered SUNY Purchase, Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University before finalizing his plans to study at the Peabody Institute.
Huntington High School Class of 2018 member William Fallon.
“George Peabody believed in the power of the artist to enrich the lives of others,” an according to the school’s website. “The Peabody Institute, which he founded in 1857, is the practical embodiment of this belief. From its beginnings, Peabody has brought together a community of artists, teachers, and scholars to train other artists and spread an understanding of what the arts can do to uplift the quality of human life.”
The Peabody Institute has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins University since 1977. “I want to be a composer for video games because the music makes a game more epic and I want to be a part of that,” Mr. Fallon said.
A longtime member of the high school drama club, Mr. Fallon starred in both dramatic and musical productions, winning rave reviews. He performed with the Blue Devil marching band as well as the high school wind and jazz ensembles.
Mr. Fallon has also served as a guest conductor during both the senior band concert and at the recent 157th commencement exercises for the Class of 2018.
“I will always remember when I conducted my piece ‘Ringmaster’ during the senior band concert and when the Huntington Blue Devil marching band won the state championship for our ‘Firebird’ performance up in Syracuse,” Mr. Fallon said.
The teenager said he always reminds himself to keep thinking. “You never know when you’ll come up with a brilliant idea,” Mr. Fallon said.