Mickie Willis received his formal training in composition at the Universities of Southwestern Louisiana, where he received his B.M. degree in theory and composition, and Louisiana State University, where he received his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition, studying with Kenneth Klaus, James Drew, Don Freund, and Dinos Constantinides.His concert works include an oratorio, three symphonies, six works for chamber orchestra, four string quartets, two sets of piano variations, one oboe sonata, compositions for various other chamber ensembles, songs, and jazz compositions. His concert works are published by Conners Publications and distributed through J. W. Pepper & Sons.
In addition to music, he is also a published author of articles on music as well as other subjects, and has one book, "The Subterraneans," in print, published by NOVA Science Publications.
He is retired as the Music Program Director for the Louisiana Division of the Arts where he served on the Governor's Education Task Force that drafted benchmarks and standards in music education for Louisiana schools and the Louisiana Board of Regents committee that drafted curriculum guidelines for music education in Louisiana colleges and universities. He was also a frequent panelist and grant reader for U.S. Department of Education and National Endowment for the Arts and served on the National Steering Committee of Arts Education Partnership.
He now devotes his full time to composing, playing, and writing. He also teachea music appreciation as a member of the adjunct faculty of Arkansas State University, Mountain Home, and is a frequent panelist and lecturer at regional and national music conferences.