Olvis, whose father William Edward Olvis was a renowned opera singer, won several awards in his own field, including four from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Olvis began his professional career in 1988 composing the score for telepic “Evil in Clear River.”
Among Olvis’ credits was the 1993 film “Red Rock West.” Olvis tailored a rich, textured score that enhanced the tone of the genre-bending film that had elements of a Western, a film noir and a black comedy.
For television, Olvis composed the music for 31 episodes of the television show “Life Goes On” from 1989-93, and he composed the theme and 116 episodes of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” In a one-minute theme, Olvis conveyed the tone that would come to define the entire series.