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Michelle Willis

Michelle Willis

Biography

Michelle Willis graduated from Ricks College with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences. She also earned her B.A in Choral Music Education from Boise State University.

Willis worked as a music/arts member of the Herriman Arts Council for seven years. In 2008, she founded the Herriman Community Orchestra, in which she serves as conductor. She enjoys working as an educational composer for the Utah Opera, where she helps school-aged children create their own operas. Willis has conducted extensive personal research into mental illness, as she and two of her children have the disease, and she is certified as a panel member for NAMI'S "Parents and Teachers as Allies" program and "Hope for Tomorrow."

Willis met her husband, Spencer, at Ricks College in 1995. Her husband, a member of the Tabernacle Choir, also shares a passion for music. They have four children ranging in age from five to thirteen: Melody, Adam, Kira and Bethany. Willis loves to spend time in nature and listen to birds and streams. She loves animals, composing and performing music, reading, and finding reasons to laugh.