Scott Willis, M.M.

Headshot of Scott Willis

Title: Adjunct Instructor of Music

Specialty: Baritone

Email: Scott.Willis@ChattanoogaState.edu

Baritone Scott Willis has performed a variety of repertoire in concert and on stages throughout Nashville, the southeastern region and beyond. Recent engagements include Somnus in Semele, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, President Melrose in the world premiere of Unjust Judge, Marcello in La Bohème with Capital City Opera in Atlanta, Georgia, Sergeant Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc. (N.O.I.S.E) in Seattle, Washington, and Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Vancouver Summer Opera Workshop in Canada. In 2016, he was a young artist with the Druid City Opera Workshop in Alabama. Additional roles include Tim in the world premiere of Insectophobia, Jason MacFarlane in Lizzie Borden, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, David in A Hand of Bridge, and Mr. Gobineau in The Medium at East Carolina University, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Tateh in Ragtime, and the title character in Sweeney Todd at Middle Tennessee State University. Scott has appeared in several leading roles with the Arts Center of Cannon County in Tennessee including Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bert in Mary Poppins, Neville Craven in The Secret Garden, and Link Larkin in Hairspray. He is a frequent performer with several premier ensembles including the Nashville Opera, the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, the American Caroling Company, the Atlanta-based Choral Pickup, and the Seattle-based Queen City Musicians. Concert credits include bass soloist at the Spoleto Festival in Mozart’s Organ Solo Mass, Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat at MTSU, as well as baritone soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Nashville Symphony.  He has been first place winner in the TN-NATS Regional Competition, was a semi-finalist at the Orpheus National Competition, and took second place at the Grace Moore Competition. Scott holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from East Carolina University, a Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Alabama.