Ainsley Willis

Ainsley Willis, 17, is a junior at Dobie High School. She has been playing bass since 5th grade, and is now a member of the Dobie High School Chamber Varsity Orchestra under the direction of Angela Badon, Stephen Payne, and Tam Duong. She has received superior ratings consistently at Solo and Ensemble festi-val since the 6th grade. Ainsley has been a Region 19 member the last 5 years. In 8th grade, Ainsley was the Region 1st chair bass and in 9th grade she was 2nd chair. In 2021, she was ranked first in her region. She takes lessons with Becky Merritt, a member of the Pasadena Philharmonic, Galveston Symphony, and Clear Lake Symphony, and also with Carlos Amaro, former Virtuosi alumnus. She completed a Summer Workshop with AFA of Texas this past summer. Ainsley likes to spend time with her cats and dogs, and hang out at home with her family and friends. Ainsley would like to volunteer at a local animal shelter and hopes to be a forensic scientist.