William Shookhoff (Piano, Theory, Opera Coach)

Eastman School of Music

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, William Shookhoff has enjoyed a long musical career as pianist, conductor and music educator.  Specializing in opera and music theatre, his experience also includes solo piano, chamber music, and orchestral conducting.

Bill has served on the music staffs of the Canadian, Edmonton, Portland (Oregon) and Netherlands Opera Companies, and has served on the music faculty of the Universities of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier, Alberta and Grant MacEwan.  Summers have taken him to the Banff Centre, the Johannesen School (Victoria), as well as to programs in Chichester, UK; Burgundy, France; and Sieggraben, Austria.

Career highlights include being the inaugural Associate Conductor of the first Canadian company of Les Miserables, and the initial touring company of Phantom of the Opera.  He has also been music director for productions at Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and Citadel Theatre (Edmonton).  Career conducting highlights include  a "Monster" (10 pianos, 30 pianists) Concert at Carnegie Hall,  Walton's chamber opera "The Bear" at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and the university orchestra of Wuhan, China.

He is currently in his 12th season as director of Opera by Request in Toronto.

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