Mary Ann Bills serves as the coach/accompanist for the opera workshop at NCSA and musical director for the A. J. Fletcher Educational Outreach Program. She is also a staff accompanist in the School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Washington State University and a Master of Music degree in Accompanying from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her teachers have included Loran Olsen, Benton Hess, Andrew Willis and Peter Kairoff.
On-stage experience has included extensive solo and collaborative performances in the Pacific Northwest in her early years, in Switzerland and Germany, where she lived for more than six years, serving for a time as the pianist for the Stuttgart German-American Chorus. She currently enjoys many opportunities to accompany singers and instrumentalists in performances throughout the Southeast.
In addition to performing, Mrs. Bills is passionate about music education. She is an adjunct faculty member at Wake Forest University and has maintained a private teaching studio for more than thirty years. She holds professional certifications from both the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association and has been active for many years in leadership positions in local and state organizations.
Enthusiastic about musical theatre, Mrs. Bills has been involved in more than thirty productions as musical director and/or pianist. Recent performances have included My Way with the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Annie, Carousel and Scrooge with the West Side Civic Theatre and Nunsense, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Once Upon a Mattress with Salem College.
Other recent projects include preparation of a piano vocal score of Guiseppe Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni and a publishable version of the Fletcher Institute’s outreach opera, The Butcher of Seville.