Choral Arts Society
Michael Conley MICHAEL CONLEY was named the Music Director for The Choral Arts Society in June 2006. A graduate of the Westminster Choir College and protègè of Joseph Flummerfelt, Mr. Conley has worked with many of the best known choruses as director, conductor, and singer. Mr. Conley will continue the Choral Arts Society's mission to perform beautiful music you won't hear “everywhere else.”

Mr. Conley has been Music Director of the West Village Chorale, based at St. Luke-in-the-Field in Greenwich Village, since 2000. Concurrently he was Assistant Conductor of the Collegiate Chorale for five seasons, assisting Music Director Robert Bass in the rehearsal and preparation of more than fifteen Carnegie Hall performances. In 2005 he was the Music Director and conductor for the Chorale’s Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert. Mr. Conley has also prepared the Chorale for performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Caramoor and the Verbier Festivals. Mr. Conley served as Assistant Director to Kent Tritle at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. He was Chorus Master for the Connecticut Grand Opera’s 2003-04 season, preparing them for Gounod’s Faust, and Verdi’s Macbeth. Mr. Conley continues as chorus director at the Dalton School, directing European tours and local concerts.

As conductor, Mr. Conley’s experience spans contemporary and classic works for chorus, opera and orchestra. He led a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Copland’s In the Beginning in collaboration with the Omega Dance Company, for a performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He conducted the Mozart Requiem at St. Stanislaus Church, and a series of holiday concerts for Sacred Music in a Sacred Space at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Highlights of Mr. Conley’s singing career include a recent performance as baritone soloist with the Gregg Smith Singers in the premiere performance and recording of Princeton composer Dmitri Tymoczko’s The Agony of Modern Music. He was a founding member of the professional 12-voice choir “Manhattan Voices”, which records and performs in many Manhattan venues.

As a student Mr. Conley was awarded the Mueller Prize for outstanding work in the field of choral composition at Westminster Choir College, where he completed his Master’s in Choral Conducting in 1996. As a member of the famed Westminster Choir, he performed and recorded in concerts all over the world, including New York City, Philadelphia, South Korea, Taiwan, and France and at the Spoleto Festival USA. Mr. Conley holds a bachelor’s degree in Composition from James Madison University in Virginia.