William Shookhoff is currently Music Director of Opera by Request and Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions. He has been on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, the Edmonton Opera Company, the Portland (Oregon) Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Since 1989, he has been primarily involved in musical theatre, conducting Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera in Toronto and across Canada. Mr. Shookhoff has been instrumental in initiating groups such as Comus Music Theatre, Canada Opera Piccolo, Opera theatre of Alberta, Opera York, the Edmonton New Music Festival and Tryptych Productions. He is also known as one of the foremost conductors of Monster piano concerts, having conducted such events in Rome, Italy, Festival of the Sound, Carnegie Hall, Massey Hall and the White House.