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William McElheney was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, USA. He learned the trombone with several prominent trombonists in the San Francisco Bay Area. He then studied trombone at the Indiana University School of Music and later completed his degree at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
In 1974 he became principal trombonist of the Bavarian Symphony in Munich, Germany, and in 1976 principal trombonist of the State Orchestra of Kassel, Germany. In 1981 he joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1984 he was granted full membership in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic and joined the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle.
In 2005 he ended his career as trombonist and entered the administration of the Vienna Philharmonic, where he coordinates the orchestra's activities in the areas of IT, media and communications. He also teaches trombone and coaches chamber music at the American university institute IES Vienna.