Bill was born and raised in Starkville, Mississippi, home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, where his great-grandfather ran a dairy farm adjacent to the campus and was head of the biology deparment. Bill got to grow up on his family’s farm across the street from his grandfather, who served as a state legislator for the area for 24 years. His father, Horace Harned III, married his mother, Song, from South Korea.
At MSU Bill received Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering and Music. He finished his Master’s in Music from Louisiana State University and then proceeded to study Music Therapy at Colorado State University. He found that his singing skills were not that great and has since stayed in Fort Collins while working on his doctorate in piano performance at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently working on his dissertation analyzing stylized piano pieces of the Haitian Meringue only recently released in digital format.
In 2016 he enjoyed traveling across Europe between music festivals in Italy and France, where he received lessons at the Pablo Casals Festival from Olivier Gardon of the Schola Cantorum de Paris. In 2017 Bill presented “An Assessment of Technical Exercises for Piano Majors” at the World Piano Conference in Serbia. In the summer of 2019 Bill served as the “Color Keyboardist” for the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana where they rotated shows of Oklahoma, Seussical, The Wedding Singer, and Catch Me If You Can. Since 2012 he has served as a volunteer for Hospice care and his church’s band.