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William Appling was a prominent conductor, pianist, arranger and music educator who entered into Eternal Life on August 29, 2008. One cannot imagine the numbers of hearts and lives his gifted musicianship touched during his lifetime on this earth!

William received numerous honors, including the first Kulas Foundation Fellowship Award for choral conducting with The Cleveland Orchestra, during which time he assisted George Szell and Robert Shaw. As solo pianist he appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Summer Pops Orchestra, and in recital at Severence Hall, New York's Town Hall, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He played under the baton of French composer Darius Milhaud and Robert Shaw and in recital with internationally known instrumentalist and singers, including Seth McCoy.

William taught on the faculties of Vassar College, Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and in the Cleveland Public Schools. In 1971 he founded Summer Music Experience, an international six-week program offering intensive music training and performance experience to gifted high school students. He also served as musical director of the Hudson Valley Boys Choir.