With over 48 years conducting experience, he is the Founder and Music Director Emeritus of the Maui Chamber Orchestra, the Maui Masterworks Chorale, and the Maui Masterworks Festival. In 2013, Bob was music director and conductor for the MAPA production of Les Misérables. His performance credits as a baritone singer are as a soloist with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Duluth Symphony, Austin Symphony and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra for several well-known works – Elijah (Mendelssohn), Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Fauré and Brahms, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem and singing both the tenor and bass solo roles in Handel’s Messiah.
His baritone solo and conducting career has given him the opportunity to give five concert tours of Europe including conducting twice at the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and concerts in Dublin, Rome, Assisi, Venice, Vienna, Munich, Lucerne, and Jerusalem. Mr. Wills has appeared as Soloist for the opening concert of the Sixth World Choral Symposium with Minnesota Orchestra, Chanticleer and Harlem Boy’s Choir. Bob was the winner of the 2009 Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Festival where he sang the Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of the Wayfarer). Bob has had the pleasure of working with conductors Edo de Waart, Eiji Oue, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Layton James, Stephen Ramsey, Sir David Willcocks and John Rutter. Bob studied voice with Leroy Lehr and conducting with Maurice Jones. Bob has both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota.