Seasons with Chorale: 10
Previous LAMC solos:
Inscapes by Shawn Kirchner
Voice Part CHORALE: Soprano
Hometown: Porterville, CA
BA in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Music Education from UCLA
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do? My husband (TV/film composer Christopher Willis) and I own and operate Arbury Ward Studios in Pasadena, a collection of individual writing/recording suites serving the film and music industries. I also collaborate with him as a lyricist on multiple projec
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
High Holidays at Temple of the Arts, Pacific Swingline (vocal jazz quintet), and lots of freelance work around the LA area.
Guest Appearances: Despina in Così Fan Tutte with Riverside Lyric Opera; briefly featured as opera-singing alien Ubbla Mollbro in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Recording/TV/Film: I'm the Vocal Contractor for Disney TV shows The Lion Guard and Disney Mickey Mouse, and I sing on those projects regularly. Contracted and sang on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, a new Disney World ride opening in 2019. I've sung on 40+ films, including La La Land, Star Trek Beyond, Big Hero 6, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Wreck-It Ralph, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Despicable Me 3. Also featured on a number of LA Operetta Project recordings, and served as score reader on the film The Death of Stalin.
Highlights of your musical career:
Singing with LAMC; playing principal viola with my hometown orchestra in Carnegie Hall; being fortunate enough to contribute to cartoons that children love the same way I loved cartoons as a kid!
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience: The Big Sing was truly incredible; yelling at audience members and waving around glowing sex toys in Frank Zappa's 200 Motels with Salonen and the LA Phil; singing Daphnis et Chloé at Disney Hall during an earthquake!
Online Headshot: bio-willis-elysemarchant.jpg
Where do you live in L.A.? Pasadena