William Schermerhorn is a two-time Emmy Award-winning songwriter. As VP/Creative Director for Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group, he brought his vision, from the initial concept through the on-air telecast, to the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display, the awe-inspiring Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, for over three decades. As part of that creative process, Bill wrote the book and lyrics for several musical endeavors and created/staged material for performers as diverse as Julie Andrews, Harvey Fierstein, The Charlie Daniels Band, Idina Menzel, Kermit The Frog, Debra Voigt, Jane Krakowski, Whoopi Goldberg and the Texas State University Strutters. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for the song “Yes Virginia (There’s A Santa Claus)” with composer Wesley Whatley and a second consecutive Daytime Emmy Award for “(Won’t You) Join Our Parade” with composer Doug Katsaros. He received “Outstanding Original Song” Daytime Emmy nominations for the Christmas song “I Believe” (Wesley Whatley, music) and “Jolly Dream Pirates” (Michael Feinstein, music).
Past projects include a musical adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street (Wesley Whatley, music) and the Carnegie Hall premiere of American River Suite, a five-piece musical tone poem, with music by Stephen Flaherty. The Americana revue Free to Dream: The Songs of Katsaros & Schermerhorn premiered at Joe’s Pub and was later performed at the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia. My Gift of Thanks, a program of Bill’s holiday songs, was presented at Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency as a benefit event for The Actors Fund. One of Bill’s proudest moments was being asked to write “And That’s The Way It Is” (Michael Feinstein, music) for Walter Cronkite’s memorial service at Lincoln Center. That song can be heard in the documentary One PM Central Standard Time. He is the also the lyricist for “Great Big Holiday”, the theme song for the long-running Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Orlando (Doug Katsaros, music).
Current projects include The Hope of Christmas, a new recording of Bill’s Christmas songs (with composers Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Feinstein and Matthew Sklar, among others) interpreted by Ann Hampton Callaway and an outstanding array of jazz musicians, and released on the MCG Jazz label (2015). A vinyl edition will be released for Holiday 2016. Bill is also developing the new musical Swing Wings, (book/lyrics with music by Milton Delugg and Mary Ehlinger) which salutes the men and women of the Radio Production Unit of the Army Air Corps during WWII and a full-length version of Yes, Virginia The Musical with composer Wesley Whatley which had its debut at Twin City Stage in Winston-Salem, NC. He is the author-in-progress of several children’s stories, including The Rain, The Boy & The Dragon, (representation by Lahr & Partners). Bill’s music publishing company is Ghent Road Music, with songs from The Hope of Christmas album administered by Imagem Music USA.
Bill has previously served as Artistic Director/Script Writer for the League of American Theatre & Producers’ Broadway on Broadway and Stars in the Alley, and he produced a show for recording legend Darlene Love and the US Air Force Band of Liberty as part of the 32nd Annual Dorothy Curran Wednesday Evening Concert Series in Boston. Bill was made an honorary U.S. National Park ranger in 2011. He is a member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, Inc. and a graduate of The College of William & Mary.
Bill was born on the 4th of July and resides with his husband, the publicist Dan Dutcher in New York City.