BIOGRAPHY:

Bill Costin is a professional pianist, musical director, composer, arranger, and instructor living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

From his first paying gig at his old elementary school dance when he was 14, Bill has been a working musician.

A pianist trained in classical and jazz, he plays in performances accompanying singers, musical theatre, cabarets, jazz combos, dance concerts, audition sessions, classical duets and trios, and solo piano. Bill is also a piano instructor and vocal audition coach studying Estill Voice Training.

Bill recently worked as an accompanist for auditions for the New York, London, and Touring productions of Book Of Mormon. Also, he played piano for the production of award winning veteran actress Miriam Margolyes in Dickensí Women (The Cultch).

Other credits as musical director, arranger, composer, and or accompanist include Beverley Elliott in Didn't See That Coming, The Sound Of Music and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Theatre) Little Shop Of Horrors,
Wang Dang Doodle, Billy Bishop Goes To War (Arts Club Theatre), Forever Plaid (Follows Latimer), City of Angels, and Titanic the New Musical. He also has experience as a sub musician at Harrison Hot Springs' Copper Room. Holland America Cruise Lines (Alaska), and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (Caribbean), The Gaslight Follies, and Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall (Dawson City,Yukon)

He has also accompanied Michael Buble, Dal Richards, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ranee Lee, Ann Mortifee, Denis Simpson, Gillian Campbell, Ruth Nichol, Cailin Stadnyk, Azuure Joffre, David Marr, Sibel Thrasher, Susinn McFarlen, Jay Brazeau, Laurie Murdoch, and Tom Pickett.

Television credits include Titanic the miniseries (1996), Goldrush starring Alyssa Milano, and Dead Man's Gun.

He has studied piano since the age of 5, and has also played clarinet, tenor sax, rhythm guitar, electric bass, and sings. Piano is his main instrument. It has taken him from Florida to the Yukon and back playing for cruise ship companies, tourism destinations, theatre venues, concerts, corporate events, house parties, bars, and saloons. He has spent many hours studying classical and jazz piano. His teachers have been Dan Hearle (North Texas State), Edward Parker (Vancouver), and Andy Laverne (New York). He has been a student at Malaspina College (Nanaimo), North Texas State University, and UBC. The skills he has picked up over the years come out in his teaching. His students have been Juno award winner Christine Jensen, Mike Norman, Lee Worden, and many others. He worked as Jazz Piano Instructor at Vancouver Island University for 25 years.

Bill has composition and arranging experience in commercial music. He's written songs for musical theatre, and arranged for orchestras and small groups alike. Currently he is writing a musical with Lynna Goldhar Smith and Dylan McNulty entitled The Life Of JJ Silverman.

Recently he has studied voice with Anne Marie Speed, Judith Dunlore, and Sanders Whiting.

Bill resides in Vancouver with his family.

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