Seasons With Chorale: 8
Season Joined: 2009-10
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.
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.
I'm the Vocal Contractor for Disney TV shows The Lion Guard
and Disney Mickey Mouse
, and I sing on those projects regularly; other Disney show credits include Pickle and Peanut, Jake and the Neverland Pirates
, and Gravity Falls
. Additional recent projects include: Sing, La La Land, Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad, The Conjuring
(1 and 2), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(1 and 2), Minions, Big Hero 6, Galavant,
and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rogue One. A Star Wars Story, Despicable Me 3, Transformers: The Last Knight. Also featured on a number of LA Operetta Project recordings, which showcase songs/shows from the early 20th century, many of which have never been previously recorded. Additionally, I served as score reader on the upcoming film, The Death of Stalin.
See and hear more at www.elysewillis.com
Highlights of your musical career:
Singing with LAMC; playing principal viola with my hometown orchestra in Carnegie Hall; being lucky enough to sing on Disney cartoons that children love the same way I loved cartoons as a kid!
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Both Verdi Requiems (2009 and 2013) with Dudamel and the LA Phil. 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!
Where do you live in L.A.?