Assistant Conductor

An active conductor and collaborative pianist based in New York City, Michael Sheetz joined the Fairfield County Chorale as accompanist in 2011. Under the direction of Music Director David Rosenmeyer he was appointed the Chorale’s Assistant Conductor in 2013. His duties with FCC include accompanying rehearsals and leading sectionals and full rehearsals as needed. Additionally he performs as a keyboardist in concert with the FCC, most memorably with Honegger’s King David on piano, harmonium, and celeste. Michael made his FCC conducting debut in May 2013 with the Fauré Pavane, and led the Cantique de Jean Racine the following season.

In 2013 Michael was appointed the first Assistant Music Director of Musica Sacra, New York’s longest continuously performing professional chorus. Working with Music Director Kent Tritle, he assists in preparing and performing in concerts of classical and contemporary oratorio at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as in collaborative ventures with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York City Ballet. He performed in musical soirees for Musica Sacra featuring the songs of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, and his playing can be heard on a recent Musica Sacra recording on the AMR label, “Eternal Reflections: The Choral Music of Robert Paterson.” He made his Musica Sacra conducting debut in March 2014 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Judith Lang Zaimont’s Parable: A Tale of Abram and Isaac. Additionally, Michael leads an educational outreach initiative involving Musica Sacra and the NYC Department of Education, introducing Handel’s Messiah in an interactive presentation to underserved students in New York City and bringing them to hear the performance live at Carnegie Hall with the Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra. Students in middle schools and high schools, as well as in local community centers in the five boroughs of New York City have been involved in the program.

A conductor and collaborative pianist active in New York City, Michael serves as Music Associate at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where he music directs the Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra, assistant directs the Parish Community Choir, and provides conducting and keyboard support for the acclaimed Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. He is on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival, the United Nations International School, and La Lingua della Lirica, a summer training program for opera singers in Novafeltria, Italy. He has served as a Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School and as a vocal coach and accompanist at Manhattan School of Music, as well as Assistant Choral Director at the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Festival, and Weill Music Institute. He has performed live broadcasts on WQXR and Vermont Public Radio, and in concert at Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Kennedy Center. An accompanist for the Oratorio Society of New York, Voices of Ascension, New York Choral Consortium, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Middlebury Opera, and the College Light Opera Company, he has collaborated with Philippe Entremont, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Maria Guinand, Pablo Heras-Casado, Dennis Keene, Bernard Labadie, Meredith Monk, John Nelson, Sir Roger Norrington, Emmanuel Plasson, David Rosenmeyer, Steven Schick, Bramwell Tovey, and K. Scott Warren.

Michael holds a Master of Music and two Professional Studies degrees from Manhattan School of Music in accompanying and conducting. He is a graduate of Vassar College.