William Toutant was born in Worcester, MA. He received his Ph.D. Michigan State University. He joined the music faculty of California State University, Northridge in 1975. During the next 38 years he taught in the Department of Music, and served in a variety of administrative positions including Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. For 18 years he wrote and hosted the weekly radio program, “The KCSN Opera House.” He became Professor Emeritus in May 2013. His music is available on North/South, Capstone, Centaur, and Navona records. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ligia.