When we first met William, we were in awe as he performed a series of "instant compositions" in which he creates a masterful piece of music on the piano in real-time. Since then, it’s not only changed our thinking about music, but creativity as a whole. His unique musical talent has led to his becoming a recording artist for legendary labels like Motown and CBS Masterworks, producing over 40 albums and scoring more than 50 movie and television projects. And as a special offering on Greatest Good, William is open to hosting group sessions, especially for those interested in learning through his instant composition performances. Sessions with William will support the California State Summer School for the Arts Foundation.
The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) is a cutting-edge pre-professional training program for emerging artists. Each year, approximately 500 high school students are accepted to CSSSA. For four weeks during the summer, these young artists are immersed in one of seven art forms: animation, creative writing, dance, film, music, theatre, or visual arts. The program encourages students to challenge perceived boundaries and create new, innovative work. The California State Summer School Arts Foundation supports CSSSA by raising funds for scholarships and other program support from individuals, corporations and foundations, ensuring that no student is denied access to CSSSA due to financial circumstances. Held each summer on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CSSSA has trained more than 13,500 young artists from all 58 counties in California to date.