16 Grinnell Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 • (518) 879-3320 • email@example.com E D U C A T I O N Doctor of Musical Arts2019 Conducting Boston University, College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Master of Music2011 Choral Conducting University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Music, Madison, WI Bachelor of Arts2009 Music and History,magna cum laude Tufts University, Tufts College, Medford, MA C O M M U N I T Y M U S I C M A K I N G First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Stow, MA2012–2021 Director of Music Leader of a vibrant music program featuring a 25-voice Adult Choir, Youth and Children’s Choirs, Drumming Ensemble, Ukulele Ensemble, and Coffeehouse Concert Series Voices of Metrowest, Natick, MA2017–2018 Choir Director and Conductor 30-voice community chorus with an annual budget of $20,000 performing pop anda cappellarepertoire in many styles from recent decades Wakefield Choral Society, Wakefield, MA2016–2018 Music Director 50-voice community chorus with an annual budget of $15,000 performing short and mid- length pieces from all eras of repertoire Cambridge Community Chorus, Cambridge, MA2013–2014 Music Director ad interim 100-voice community chorus with an annual budget of $75,000 performing masterworks from all eras of choral–orchestral repertoire with professional orchestra Harvard University, Cambridge, MA2012–2017 Associate Conductor, Harvard–Radcliffe Chorus 120-voice community and student ensemble with an annual budget of $75,000 sponsored by the Harvard Choruses and the Office for the Arts at Harvard University performing masterworks from all eras of choral-orchestral repertoire 1
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA2012–2016 Assistant Conductor, Harvard Summer Chorus 200-voice community and student ensemble with an annual budget of $35,000 with singers from Boston’s select community choruses and Harvard Summer School students performing masterworks with professional orchestra and soloists OTHER ENGAGEMENTS Cambridge Community Chorus, Cambridge, MA2011–2013 Assistant Conductor Madison Symphony Chorus, Madison, WI2010–2011 Assistant Conductor University Theatre, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI2010 Assistant Conductor Franco–American Vocal Academy, Saint Yrieix–la–Perche, France2009 Assistant Conductor of Madrigal Choir and Opera T E A C H I N G Deerfield Academy, Choral Director, Associate Faculty2021– Director, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Academy Choir, and Deerfield Chorus State University of New York at Albany, Director of Choral Studies2018–2021 MUS 187 University Community Chorale MUS 287 Chamber Singers MUS 105 Choral Music MUS 263 Aural Skills MUS 264 Aural Skills for Singers (including IPA/Diction Lab) MUS 497 Independent Study – Conducting Received a Purple & Gold award as Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year (2018-19) Framingham State University, Choral Director/Visiting Lecturer2017–2018 MUS 105 & 106 University Choral Performance Boston University, Instructor2018 MP 390 Intro to Conducting Harvard University, Teaching Fellow2014–2015 MUS 014 Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Received two Harvard University Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, awarded by Harvard’s Bok Center acknowledging a special contribution to the teaching of undergraduates in Harvard College University of Wisconsin–Madison, L.J. Wendt Distinguished Graduate Fellow2009–2011 MUS 59 University Chorus MUS 55 Masters Singers 2
A D M I N I S T R A T I O N Harvard University, Cambridge, MA2012–2018 Choral Associate Chief staff administrator for the Harvard Choral Program with an annual budget of more than $200,000, Assistant to the Director of Choral Activities, Advisor for student choral groups, Manager for projects in marketing, development, concert production, budgeting, recruitment, and service Harvard–Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Foundation, Cambridge, MA2011–2015 Administrator Maintained singer/alumni database and managed projects in alumni relations, development, donor recognition, concert production, and communications Cambridge Community Chorus, Cambridge, MA2012–2013 Administrator Managed projects in accounting, ordering music, Board of Directors collaboration, venue engagement, fundraising, and orchestra contracting S E L E C T N O T A B L E P E R F O R M A N C E S Deerfield Academy, Wachsman Concert Hall, Deerfield, MADecember 2022 Holiday Pops concert with more than 100 student musicians Deerfield Academy,Wachsman Concert Hall, Deerfield, MAMay 2022 Scheduled performance themed on artistic reactions to living in the pandemic Deerfield Academy,Wachsman Concert Hall, Deerfield, MAFebruary 2022 Advanced Vocal Ensemble performance at the Weill Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall Deerfield Academy,Wachsman Concert Hall, Deerfield, MADecember 2021 Performance of “The Nutcracker” with full orchestra, followed by holiday choral concert SUNY-Albany Chamber Singers & Chorale,Perf. Arts Center, Albany, NYDecember 2020 Virtual concert premiere of student-created social justice arts projects in quarantine First Parish Church of Stow and Acton,Stow, MASeptember 2020 Led aDriveway Choirin an innovative and safe rehearsal during the COVID-19 pandemic SUNY-Albany Chamber Singers & Chorale,Perf. Arts Center, Albany, NYApril 2020 Co-created“All of Us” virtual choir projectwith GRAMMY-winning ensembleConspirare SUNY-Albany Chamber Singers & Chorale, Perf. Arts Center, Albany, NYNovember 2019 Conducting a program on mental wellness engaging students in improving their own wellness SUNY-Albany Chamber Singers & Chorale, Perf. Arts Center, Albany, NYApril 2019 Conducted New York State premiere of José María Vitier’sMisa Cubanawith orchestra SUNY-Albany Chamber Singers & Chorale, Perf. Arts Center, Albany, NYNovember 2018 Conducted a program of music against gun violence 3
Boston University Singers, Marsh Chapel, Boston, MAApril 2018 Conducted a program of Cuban choral music with BU Singers Treble Ensemble Framingham State University Choir, Framingham, MADecember 2017 Conducted a program of resistance songs in opposition to racial threats on campus Harvard–Radcliffe Chorus, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MAMay 2017 Conducted Mendelssohn’sPsalm XIIIwith professional orchestra Grand Harmonie Village Harmony, Havana, CubaFebruary 2017 Singer in professional level cultural exchange tour choir in Cuba First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Stow, MADecember 2016 Northeast US premiere of J. Sartorius’sMachet die Tore Weit, baroque work from Romania Harvard–Radcliffe Chorus, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MADecember 2016 Conducted Corigliano’sFern Hillwith professional orchestra Harvard–Radcliffe Chorus, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MAMay 2016 Conducted Schubert’sMass in Gand Mozart’sRegina Coeliwith professional orchestra First Parish Church of Stow and Acton Adult ChoirApril 2016 Choir Tour to Transylvania area of Romania; Performances in Cluj and Olasztelek Harvard University, São Paulo, Rio de Janiero, and Porto Alegre, BrazilMay 2015 Conducted in five concerts on Harvard–Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Concert Tour of Brazil First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Stow, MADecember 2014 Conducted J.S. Bach’sWachet Auf (BWV 140)with professional strings and soloists Cambridge Community Chorus, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MAMay 2014 Conducted Haydn’sMissa in Angustiiswith professional orchestra and soloists Cambridge Community Chorus, Regis College, Weston, MAApril 2014 Prepared chorus for concert of Beethoven’sNinthSymphonywith Boston Civic Symphony Cambridge Community Chorus, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MADecember 2013 Conducted Handel’sMessiah, Part Iwith professional orchestra and soloists Harvard Summer Chorus, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MAAugust 2013 Conducted Handel’sPsalm 112with professional orchestra and soloists First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Stow, MADecember 2012 Conducted M. Bonds’sBallad of the Brown Kingsetting of Langston Hughes poetry inA Gospel Christmasservice featuring professional soloists and instrumentalists. 4
S E R V I C E , G U E S T L E C T U R E S , A N D P R E S E N T A T I O N S State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY2018–2021 Invited Guest Performances Performed with student choral ensembles at the following University events: Holiday Concert of Music EnsemblesDecember 2018-2019 Select student group at CAS #1 Recognition Ceremony (University Commencement)May 2019 Chamber Singers at Excellence Awards Gala (Albany Alumni Association)May 2019 University Chorale at Research Administrators’ Symposium (SUNY Research Foundation)March 2019 University and Departmental Service Student Organization Faculty Mentor – Harmonic Cadences2018- Convocation and Commencement Attendee2018-2019 Student Vocal Performance Jury AdjudicatorDecember 2018 & May 2019 MUS 375: Analysis and Synthesis Invited Guest LecturerFebruary 2019 Munch with the Majors – Faculty MentorSeptember 2018 Great Danetopia Student Recruitment Event – Faculty AttendeeAugust 2018 Connecticut Music Educators’ Association, Meriden, CTWinter 2019 Orchestra Conductor Invited conductor for the Southern Region High School Festival on January 10 & 11 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA2016– Invited Guest Lectures “L.M. Miranda’sHamilton, Musical Styles, and Popular Narrative” at Center on the Developing ChildJanuary 2019 “Empowering Song for First Year Students” at First-Year Arts Program during OrientationAugust 2017 “Intro to Conducting” at the Harvard Summer School (in MUS S-10)July 2016 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY2016– Invited Guest Lectures “Musical Symbols and Prequels in Stephen Schwartz’sWicked” (in AM 101: The Wizard of Oz)November 2019 “L.M. Miranda’sHamilton, Musical Styles, and Popular Narrative” (in AM 265: Pop History)October 2018 “L.M. Miranda’sHamilton, Musical Styles, and Popular Narrative” (in AM 260: Pop History)March 2016 Unitarian Universalist OrganizationsSummer 2017 Presentations Given at Conferences “Empowering Song: Tools for Musical Outreach and In-reach” (at UUMN Conference, Arlington, VA)July 2017 “Empowering Song: Tools for Musical Outreach and In-reach” (at UU General Assembly, New Orleans)June 2017 All New England Choral Festival, Portsmouth, NHFall 2016 Empowering Your Music Program (Conference Presentation) Using the Empowering Song approach to change the way we teach choral music 5
CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE I attended these conferences but didnotpresent–presentations are listed above ACDA National Conference, Kansas City, MOFebruary 2019 ACDA Regional Conference, Boston, MAFebruary 2016 *Administrative support staff on logistics for the conference’s feature concert at Harvard ACDA National Conference, Dallas, TXMarch 2013 ACDA Regional Conference, Providence, RIFebruary 2012 ACDA National Conference, Chicago, ILMarch 2011 ACDA Central Division Conference, Minneapolis, MNMarch 2010 P R O F E S S I O N A L M E M B E R S H I P S Pi Kappa Lambda American Choral Directors Association Chorus America National Collegiate Choral Organization College Music Society Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries 6
Email from Mike after interview
Dear Patricia and Olivia,
Thanks so much for making the time for our conversation today. It was lovely to meet both of you, and to talk and dream a bit about the Mystic Chorale! Apologies for my dog interrupting us at the very end. I think she wanted to be a part of the conversation too.
I appreciated your information and insights into the group, and all of the ways in which you’re looking at building a bright future for the next chapter in Mystic Chorale’s history. I’d love to lead a workshop sometime if you’d like to have me come. Is there a date range you’d be considering? I’d just need to make sure it works with my schedule, but if so, I’d be there. If you do want me to come, and if we pick a date, I’m also happy to send along a plan for the time, and some specific repertoire, and would be happy to collaborate on it as needed.
Please feel free to be in touch if you have any additional questions. Thanks again, and more soon!
Thanks so much for your note, and apologies for writing on such a busy weekend! I wanted to give it until today to get back to you, since I know there was a lot going on. How did it all go?
I’d love to come up with a theme and some repertoire for a June Saturday. Would June 3 be a possibility for you all? I’m happy either with a concert or no concert, whatever you prefer. Sometimes I think it’s nice to get to know each other a bit for a first engagement without a big concert at the end, but, it’s also nice to show off what we learned. Any preference on your side?
I’ll do some thinking on a theme. I think I’d like to choose pieces in a variety of styles and let an overarching theme help shape the rep, rather than selecting a musical theme like “folk” or “60s songs,” if that’s alright. How long do the workshops usually last? That will help me pick appropriate repertoire.
Thanks so much, and more soon! I’ll get my resume and videos organized and share with you this week.
Notes from First Interview – Olivia and Patricia
Interviewed Jan 20
Questions for Candidates – taken from conversation about the Mystic questionnaire
Questions in green are for a first interview to see if there is a good match between candidate’s skills, experience, and interests and Mystic’s needs.
The Mystic Chorale Mission
1. What comes to mind when you read the Mystic mission statement and how would you see yourself fulfilling that mission?
Mike loves unauditioned choruses. He believes everyone can learn to sing.
As a conductor, teacher and community leader
2. Briefly summarize your experience in choral conducting, focusing on what specifically has qualified you to lead Mystic Chorale.
Mike has led multiple choruses: Cambridge Community Chorus for 1 year, a mUU choir in Stowe, MA for 10 years, University of Albany for 3 years, Harvard Summer. Chorus for multiple years, currently at Deerfield Academy. phD from BU in choral conducting.
3. How would you describe your best qualities as a conductor? What words would others use to describe you as a leader and a conductor?
Inclusive. No singer should feel less than or left out.
4. Describe your teaching style and experience leading a non-auditioned choir whose members have varied abilities to read music.
He has led many unauditioned choruses. His style is do what it takes to have singers learn the music. He will use singers in each section to teach others. Not section leaders but different leaders depending on the song.
He would need a rehearsal pianists – he is not proficient enough to play the piano himself during rehearsals.
5. Are you experienced creating practice materials for singers?
Yes, has done some practice audios
6. What inspires you and what do you most want to achieve in a leadership role?
7. What have you done to promote community among singersin the choruses you have led?
8. Can you describe a difficult experience in a choral setting and talk about how you resolved it?
9. How would you go about selecting music for the Mystic Chorale? Where do you get your ideas?he was exposed to a large and diverse selection of music in school. He belongs to some associations where he gets info on new releases. He has a favorite songwriter in SA and another in the US who he follows. He follows Nick Page.
10. Do you attend conferences and consortium gatherings and if so, which ones inspire you?
11. Do you arrange music yourself or request an outside person create arrangements?
Yes, some. Not as much as Nick Page. He’d welcome the opportunity to do more.
Working with Guest Artists and Instrumentalists
12. Do you have connections with guest artists and instrumentalists in the area?
Yes, many, many. Both musicians and guest artists.
13. Would you use contacts already in place through the Mystic Chorale?
14. In your opinion, what is the balance between music quality and community and contracting outside soloists and guest artists within a season?
Working with leadership
15. What is your experience working with a Board of Directors and a Programming Committee?
Prefers to work with a programming committee as opposed to making decisions on his own.
16. Have you worked with a Programming Committee to craft a season?
Diversity and Collaboration
17. What success have you had building age and cultural diversity in your choirs?
18. Have you collaborated with other singing groups to build relationships and diversity?
Styles of Music
19. What different styles of music interest you and what have you conducted?
A strength in South African music. A wide range of music.
Singers and Soloists
20. Do you favor off-book performances and if so, how do you approach getting off-book?
He loves that we are off-book. Feels the chorale really connects with the audience.
21. What creative ways have you provided opportunities for and encouraged singers in the groups you have conducted? For example, have you provided opportunities for small group singing?
22. How have you navigated the challenge of having soloists who are both experienced and inexperienced?
Concerts and Audience Participation
23. What is your experience rehearsing and conducting with a band, writing charts and conducting band/chorale rehearsals for a concert?
he has conducted several musicals which require conducting and working with the band. He has not done a lot of creating charts but has worked with musicians interpreting charts. He welcomes the opportunity to learn to create charts.
24. What experience can you share about engaging the audience to participate in singing during a concert? Have you taught parts to an audience so that they can sing with the choir?
He loves sing-alongs and would be happy to do it.
25. Can you describe your performing style as a conductor?