William Kist

Bill's musical training began at the age of six with piano lessons from well-known local bandleader Ange Lombardi and continued through graduate school at Kent State where his teacher was Margaret Baxtresser. Currently, he studies with Jackie Warren, known as Cleveland’s “First Lady of Jazz.” Throughout his career as an educator, Bill has remained active as a professional musician performing at such local establishments as Lannings Restaurant, the former Cascade Club, and the Akron City Club. Bill’s original music was nominated for a regional Emmy Award (for the documentary series Our Family) and is featured on his album, Movie Music

Bill’s credits also include video production work, earning an Ohio Educational Broadcasting Network Commission (OEBIE) Honorable Mention for the documentary The Learning Age. Other video credits include working as a producer for the streaming video Project AdLit for the Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science and Reading and writing and directing an independent feature film, Summer’s Journey, the result of a film collaboration that spans 17 years. The album “Movie Music” is a compilation of music he has written and performed for various film and video projects over the last 20 years.