In October of 2016, Susan Willis, became the new director of Almost Heaven Chorus, Sweet Adelines International. Susan has been enjoying music all her life. She sang solos in church at a young age, accompanied on the piano by her mother, who was the church pianist. At 12 years old, she began teaching and directing a small church choir. While she was in high school, she traveled during the summer, teaching music at Christian summer camps.
Music went right along with her into adulthood. Susan has had varied experiences during her 30 years as a Sweet Adeline, including directing French Colony Chorus in Gallipolis for 10 years, and serving as head of the visual team and being in charge of costumes for River Magic Chorus in Huntington for several years. She also enjoyed singing with a quartet for 8 years as they entertained at various community functions.
In addition to her busy musical life, Susan is a partner with her family business, Willis Tire Company in Gallipolis. After 35 years with the company, her current position is head of the Financial Department.
Susan also has a home bakery called “Sweets by Sue” where she bakes pies for a local Gallipolis restaurant. She also sells her pies to the public by special order. Her hobbies include creating stained-glass objects and arranging flowers.
A lifelong resident of Gallipolis, Susan has two sons and four grandchildren. She is a member of First Baptist Church, where she works with the youth.
Susan is looking forward to taking Almost Heaven Chorus on the next steps of their musical journey.