Soprano Ollie Watts Davis

7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 13, on WILL-TV
Ollie Watts David

Ollie Watts Davis

Ollie Watts Davis says that she didn’t seek music out … it found her, says host David Inge. Her college, West Virginia Institute of Technology, didn’t offer a course of study in voice. “But she had been singing ever since she was little,” he said. While visiting her college, long-time U of I faculty member William Warfield heard her sing and encouraged her to come to Urbana to study voice. She did, eventually earning her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In the interview, the U of I voice professor talks about the women who were her mentors, her work with students, and singing as a spiritual act.

Watch the full episode:

WILL Highlights

Bandwagon

Speed skater/Olympic medalist/Champaign Centennial alum Katherine Reutter-Adamek joins the gang


The Force

Go inside the Oakland Police Department as it struggles to reform at 8 pm Jan. 22 on WILL-TV


Support public media

Your source for the most popular drama series on TV, from classic adaptations to contemporary works