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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What's new

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.

Why Online-Only Lessons?

We've heard from many of you asking both when we will be able to return to in-person lessons, as well as why we are working only online with our students. The first answer is, we don't know. But the second answer is simple: safety. And we have the science to back it up.