Wilma MacDougall was born in Scotland and after gaining her BA(Hons) in Music went on to graduate from Homerton College, Cambridge with a PGCE. In Cambridge she studied singing with Nigel Wickens and Laura Sarti and sang with Jesus College Chapel Choir and performed regularly as a soloist in oratorio, recital and choral music in the South of England. She then moved to Glasgow to study singing with Patricia MacMahon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she won several scholarships, awards and competitions and graduated with an M.Mus.
Wilma works regularly as a recitalist and soloist and has performed with many orchestras and ensembles including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, The Ulster Orchestra, The Avison Ensemble, The Edinburgh Quartet and Paragon Ensemble. She has recorded and broadcast with BBC Radio and Television with repertoire ranging from Bach’s Cantata No. 51 – Jauchzet Gott to contemporary repertoire.
Her wide repertoire ranges from the British premiere of Stockhausen’s Sternklang directed by the composer to recitals and performances of oratorio in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Czeckoslovakia and throughout Britain, working with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Stephen Cleobury and Christopher Bell.
Operatic roles have included Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, Michaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Grainne in the premiere of Bill Sweeney’s Gaelic opera An Turus and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s agic Flute.
Concert repertoire includes: Concerto for coloratura soprano by Gliere (arr. Mutter) Loch Shiel Festival, Poulenc’s Gloria with NYCoS and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Handel’s Messiah in The Queens Hall Edinburgh, Recital at the Festivale Internaçional i Muzikes Kamertale in Pristina, and Haydn songs and the German premiere of “Lament for Mary Queen of Scots” by James MacMillan at the Potsdam Music Festival, Germany with Haydn Trio Eisenstadt.
She enjoys a very busy singing teaching practice and has taught at Glasgow University, Napier University, The Junior Academy of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and The High School of Glasgow. She is the vocal tutor for The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and has taught at The National Youth Choir of Scotland, National Boys Choir and The Ulster Youth Choir summer courses and The Belfast Philharmonic Choir . Wilma is the Director of Vocal Inspiration Singing Courses and runs several courses in Britain and France each year and also enjoys adjudicating for music festivals throughout the country.