Will Akst joined the KSO in September 2023. He began playing cello in 4th grade and has continued throughout high school. William is a senior at Sycamore High School (SHS).
As a cellist, Will studies under Sycamore music teachers (and fellow KSO musicians) Ken and Amy Tonaki, and under KSO Conductor Linc Smelser.
Will is also a member of Sycamore High School Chamber Orchestra, Sycamore Jazz strings, and NIU Symphonia. In 2022, SHS won state music championships. He also has performed at ILMEA District concerts, in pit orchestras, and at miscellaneous other events.
When not playing, Will stays busy as president of the Sycamore Library Teen Advisory Group and as a member of National Honor Society, Rotary Interact and SHS Drama clubs, and he enjoys hanging out with family and friends.