Sharon J. Willis, Composer and Conductor is Founder and Director of Americolor Opera Alliance. Her first opera The Opera Singer premiered April 2000in the City of East Point with resounding success. The Herndons: The Opera is the composer’s second major work and was presented in excerpt at Atlanta Life Insurance Company, LaGrange College, and The Herndon Home. A showcase performance commemorating Alonzo Herndon’s residency in Vine City was presented at Beulah Baptist Church in Vine City, with the premiere performance taking place in 2002 at First Congregational Church, the home church of the Herndon family. Her third opera entitled LaRoche, premiered at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in July of 2003 with an encore performance in 2005.
The Atlanta University Centerwide Orchestra, Dr. Alfred Duckett, Former Conductor commissioned a memorial tribute to the late Dr. Darryl Mitchell in 2001. An encore performance of this orchestral tone poem was presented at Saint Philip A.M.E. Church February, 2002 at the 11th Annual SEAAC Music Festival; her organ suite We Shall Overcome published by Vivace Press has been performed by concert organist and professor Calvert Johnson throughout the United States and recorded by concert organist Trey Clegg. Mr. Clegg performed the piece in Germany at Martin Luther’s church.
Dr. Willis is now included in the exhibit of Georgia Classical Composers at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon; her recently commissioned work by The American Guild of Organist premiered in Chicago; her commissioned work by the DeKalb Choral Guild, Bryan Black, Director, was a choral work honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2004. The composer’s last operatic theater works include The Candlers of Callan, which premiered at Callanwolde in 2004 and presented the story of the Coca Cola family; The Great Divide, based upon the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the eyes of ‘York’ the slave that went with them premiered in 2005; Pink Lady, based upon a portrayal of three women and their struggle with breast cancer premiered in 2006; Madam C. J., which premiered in 2007 at Callanwolde to sold out audiences; The Seduction of King Solomon premiered in 2007 to a captivated audiences. 3kings and a PRINCE, a Christmas opera, based on the journey of the three kings, was commissioned by Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in 2007.The composer wrote a three act play to promote an awareness of HIV/AIDS entitled “UNSPOKEN” which premiered in 2008. “Carmen J”, an adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, premiers in 2009.
The composer is a member of The American Composers Forum; The American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers; and is published by Vivace Press and Leupold Editions. Willis is a graduate of Clark College now Clark Atlanta University; Associate Professor and Music Chair at Clark Atlanta University; Special Program Coordinator at Morris Brown College and Director of Music Ministry at Friendship Baptist Church.