William Hill, a native of Mississippi, received his degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied trombone with John Coffey of the Boston Symphony. He was also a scholarship winner to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood during those years.
After graduating he became the bass trombonist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a teacher in the Atlanta Public School System and a Associate Professor of Music at Georgia State University for 23 years. During his tenure at Georgia State University, Hill instituted the Annual Symposium of Contemporary Music for Brass. Almost 400 new brass works were performed in the 13 years of Symposia, which attracted artists from North America and Europe.
After retirement from Georgia State University in 1980, he continued studio teaching and was on the faculty at Reinhardt College and Kennesaw State College. His many students credit him with their successful careers because of his teaching talents and passion for music.
Hill’s former students fill key brass positions with numerous orchestras including Atlanta, St. Louis, the National Symphony, Philadelphia and Chicago.