Beginning piano at age 5 and voice at age 8, she began teaching piano during her high school years while she was completing the Sherwood Music School Piano Course. She was “courted” by Azusa College (before it became Azusa Pacific University) and she was the first student pianist to tour with the concert choir. She was chosen by the vocal teachers to be their accompanist and coach for the vocal students. That meant a knowledge of the Italian, German and English pronunciation. Her degrees are in piano and music theory. Higher degrees include a teaching credential, masters in choral conducting and record production.
From college Willi earned her teaching credential and taught instrumental music in the local schools. She was also the music director for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights while continuing study on the organ and voice.
She took a sidestep from piano for about 25 years and went into radio broadcasting. She was a personality in both music and news, working in both Central and Southern California. Clear Channel was her radio home in Central California where she worked on six stations doing morning drive news and talk and afternoon traffic and a live separate news program…all simultaneously. In Southern California, she was instrumental as chairman of the committee that put together the new Emergency Alert System for Riverside/San Bernardino Counties.
Willi came back to music in 2003. Since then she formulated and created the Willi Rose Music Academy.
Over the years, Willi has written and produced several musical storybooks for children. Two were written specifically for professional ball clubs: Lake Elsinore Storm and the Louisville Redbirds. They are audio and book form and the titles include “Ajuna,” “Ajuna and the Invisible Seeds,” “Nigel and the Rhino,” “The Adventures of Hamlet,” “The Adventures of Billy Bird,” and “Lucky Mo.
Willi also has a website for hymns she records. She adds beautiful photos and lyrics to create a profound video based on the hymn. Links to both willirosestories.com and williroseplays.com can be found on this website.