Michael Conley has earned a notable reputation in the United States and abroad for his multifaceted career as conductor, pianist, organist, singer, and composer. The New York Times has said of his work, “first-rate conducting,” and of his compositions, “tuneful,” “handsome,” “ambitious,” “piquant,” and “surprising.” For 15 seasons he has been Artistic Director of the West Village Chorale, in residence at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, and also conducts the Hudson Chorale in Westchester, NY. He is the Music Director at Judson, where he is also active as an accompanist and vocal coach. As a singer, Mr. Conley has been a soloist with The Gregg Smith Singers, The Dessoff Choirs, the Woodstock Fringe Festival, with the professional chamber chorus Manhattan Voices, the caroling ensemble The Yuletide Singers, and is a singer/conductor/composer member of C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (C4ensemble.org).
He holds an undergraduate degree in Composition from James Madison University in Virginia, and completed his graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, where he was a student of renowned choral conductor Joseph Flummerfelt. He is the composer of numerous works in a range of mediums from chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensemble to hymns, cabaret songs, and musicals. www.michaelconleymusic.com