William Rorick

William C. Rorick, BA, MusB, MusM, MLS, MA

Historical Portrait Artist

Mr. Rorick is an award-winning portrait artist, emeritus assistant professor, and music librarian at the City University of New York. Before pursuing a career in the arts, Mr. Rorick earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and served in the United States Army. Upon discharge, he continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Music at the University of Utah, a Master of Music at Northwestern University, a Master of Library Science from the Pratt Institute, and a Master of Arts in musicology from New York University. In 1970, he became the curator of the Manhattan School of Music Orchestral-Choral Library, a position he held until 1974 when he joined the City University of New York. He rose from instructor to assistant professor and served as a music librarian until 1996. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Rorick has dedicated himself to painting portraits of significant composers and other historical figures. He is a certified leader-instructor for the Portrait Clubs of America and has run a weekly portrait painting session since 2005. Mr. Rorick’s work is held by numerous private collectors and corporate collections, and he is the recipient of awards from the Allied Artists of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Academic Art Association, among others.

Marquis Legacy Video

A Marquis-produced video biography explores Mr. Rorick’s portraiture and other work in the arts.

Star Treatment Interview

Mr. Rorick sits down with Star Jones to discuss his professional and artistic journey and next steps.

Marquis Video Biography

Mr. Rorick’s career timeline and turning points are highlighted in a 2021 video biography.

Wall Street Journal

Mr. Rorick was recently featured among a prestigious group of listees in the Wall Street Journal.

American Way Magazine

Mr. Rorick appeared as one of a select few Who’s Who of Distinguished Leaders nominees in American Way Magazine.

William Rorick

Humanitarian Award

In honor of his contributions to the fine arts, Mr. Rorick was presented with the Marquis Worldwide Humanitarian Award.

Top Professionals

Mr. Rorick was named a Marquis Top Artist in recognition of his distinguished work in historical portraiture.

Marquis Millennium Magazine

Mr. Rorick was featured on the cover of the eighth edition of Marquis Millennium Magazine.

Marquis Who's Who

A national press release celebrates Mr. Rorick’s inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Rorick was presented with the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.



Corporate Address:
350 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556  

Phones: 1 (908) 673-0100
                1 (908) 279-0100
Toll Free: 1 (844) 394-6946

Email: info@marquisww.com

Mon – Thu: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Marquis Who’s Who was established in 1898 and promptly began publishing biographical data in 1899. More than 120 years ago, our founder, Albert Nelson Marquis, established a standard of excellence with the first publication of Who’s Who in America.