Director of Music
At Faith UMC, Michael leads the church’s Chancel Choir, Children’s Choir, and Women of Faith. He has initiated several community concerts hosted by Faith, notably featuring the M Street Brass Quintet.
Michael has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, presenter, organist and accompanist extensively in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 2016, he leads the West Virginia All State Treble Chorus and Delaware Men Only Aloud Festival. Michael is a full-time faculty member at Landon School, Bethesda, Maryland. His Landon choirs have been invited by audition to participate in the National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall three times. His ensembles have worked with notable musicians, including Maestro Leonard Slatkin, Charles Bruffy, the American Boy Choir, and the Land of Lakes Choir Boys.
From 2006 – 2014, Michael was conductor of the Bel Canto Chorus for the Children’s Chorus of Washington. His CCW ensembles sang for John Rutter in the North American premier of his Mass of the Children. They were described as “clarion and focused” in the Washington Post singing Carmina Burana with Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center (Read article). They were also lauded in the Washington Post for their “agility, precise German diction and balance in an intricate duet (“Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten”) from Bach’s BWV 78 Cantata” in their Strathmore hall debut (Read article). His CCW ensembles also toured the U.S., including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and they have collaborated with many other choirs, including Anima Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Virginia Children’s Chorus, Princeton Girl Choir, Pennsylvania Girl Choir, and Boston Children’s Chorus.
Also a composer and arranger (ASCAP), Michael is published by Boosey & Hawkes. He holds Artist-Teacher Certification from the Choral Music Experience, has completed OAKE Kodaly Music Education courses at Westminster Choir College, and he is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at George Mason University. He earned degrees in Organ Performance and Church Music from the Peabody Conservatory, and from Northwestern University. This native Washingtonian has toured with American choirs and given organ recitals throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a Children’s Choirs Standards and Repertoire Chair for the American Choral Directors Association (Maryland/DC Chapter).