Ford Hill graduated from Wisconsin State University at Eau Claire with a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship which gave him a choice of attending any graduate school in North America. He chose Indiana University where he studied with the renowned Hungarian pianist, Gyorgy Sebok. While studying at the university Hill was awarded a Performers Certificate and he took first prize in the Graduate Concerto Competition.
Since that time Ford Hill has made a career teaching and performing. He has taught at Wilson College, Northeast Louisiana State University, the New South Wales Conservatory of Music (Sydney, Australia), and Western Washington University (WWU). He has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Australia and has adjudicated and given many master classes and workshops for festivals in Canada and for the Washington State Music Teachers Assn. (WSMTA). Many of his students have won local, state, and regional competitions.
Hill was honored by the Bellingham Arts Commission with a Mayors Arts Award and by WWU which has bestowed on him the rank of Associate Professor Emeritus and launched an endowed piano scholarship in his name.