Sonny Willis joined the staff of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City this season as a conducting fellow and the principal conductor of Amani. Sonny also assists with all other YPC after-school choral divisions, YPC’s community program in Washington Heights, as well as conducting children in YPC’s satellite program in New York City public schools. A native of North Carolina, Sonny comes to YPC after 13 years as the choral conductor and drama specialist for Greensboro Day School, where he directed middle and high school choruses and founded a successful musical theater program with over 100 elementary school students. He is also the music and drama associate at Destination Broadway, an intensive New York-based musical theater summer workshop, where he works alongside Broadway performers, directors, and teachers to train students in voice and acting. Sonny has served as the music director for Reid Memorial Methodist Church and Oakridge Presbyterian Church, conducting adult and children’s ensembles. He holds a BA in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.