Location: Massachusetts, USA
Michael Driscoll is Director of Choirs at Brookline High School, a position he has held since September 2003. At Brookline High School he directs three choirs, advises three student-run a cappella ensembles, teaches AP music theory and class piano. He has been Music Director of Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, a community chorus of 65 singers, since October of 2001. Michael was Assistant Conductor of the Masterworks Chorale for four years under Allen Lannom. He has also directed the choirs at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In the fall of 2007 Driscoll guest-prepared Chorus pro Musica’s performance of Faure’s Requiem and Roger Ames’ Requiem for Our Time. In March 2009 he served as guest conductor for Chorus pro Musica in a program featuring the New England première of Jonathan Dove’s Köthener Messe.
Driscoll is President-elect of the Massachusetts division of the American Choral Director’s Association (MassACDA) and has also served as Treasurer for the organization. He is a passionate advocate for teaching music literacy skills in the choral classroom and has given presentations on the subject at MassACDA Summer Conferences at Gordon College, at workshops for singers sponsored by MassACDA and the American Guild of Organists and at Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Conferences. He recently published two articles entitled "But I Don't Have Time! A Case For Teaching Music Literacy" in the Mass Music News magazine for music educators throughout Massachusetts. He has been involved with the MMEA Eastern Division as chorus manager of the high school festival and has helped organize the sight-singing portion of the vocal exam for the past several years. As a service to other music educators, he provides a number of free music literacy resources on his personal website, michaeldriscollconductor.com.
In the fall of 2012, Driscoll began doctoral studies in choral conducting at Boston University, studying with Ann Howard Jones. He received his Masters degree in Choral Conducting at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Simon Carrington. He began conducting as an undergraduate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), directing Simple Harmonic Motion, a 14-member male a cappella group, for three years. He was Assistant Director of the WPI Men’s Glee Club for three years and directed the WPI Concert Choir for two years. Driscoll graduated from WPI in 1997 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Music. He completed his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at WPI in 1999 and worked as a software development engineer for two years prior to beginning graduate studies in Choral Conducting at New England Conservatory in the fall of 2001.