William David Brohn is a 1955 alumnus of the College of Music and earned a degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1996, Brohn was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from MSU. He has composed scores for some of the most popular shows on Broadway including Miss Saigon, Ragtime and Wicked. Brohn won a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Ragtime and has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations three times.
Brohn is a long-time donor to the College of Music, having established the Alexander Schuster Principal Violinist Endowed and Expendable Scholarships in 1995 in recognition of Schuster's lifelong commitment to education and excellence as a scholar and teacher. Schuster was an MSU Professor of Music from 1929 to 1952. Brohn was also a significant donor to the Music Facilities Fund to renovate Cook Recital Hall in the Music Building.