William Eddins sang in the Men and Boys Choir from 1974-1978. After attending Calasanctius School for Gifted students he went to Eastman School of Music where he graduated at the age of 18 (the youngest graduate on record) and the University of Southern California where he majored in Piano Performance and Conducting.
Since graduating, he has had many accomplishments including: Guest conductor of orchestras in the following cities: New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, Los Angeles, Chautauqua, Buffalo; and numerous international orchestras. He was Associate Conductor, Minnesota Orchestra (‘92-’95); Resident Conductor, Chicago Symphony (‘93-’02); Music Director, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (‘05-present) and was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ national Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland (’01-’06). He has a blog called: Sticks and Drones, and has produced a CD, Bad Boys Vol. I which features Beethoven‘s Hammer-Klavier Sonata for piano.
He and his wife, Jen Gerth, clarinetist, live in Minneapolis, MN with their two sons Raef (age 9, who plays violin and baseball) and Riley (age 7, who plays ‘cello).
Bill has the fondest memories of the trip to England in 1977 when the choir sang in St Paul’s London, Exeter, and “incredible” York Minster. “Singing at St. Paul’s is one of
the two major foundations of my career in music. I learned everything I needed to know about choirs and choral conducting from that experience.”