Good Company: a Vocal Ensemble is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Carney as our Interim Director for the 2016-17 season. A native of Greater Cleveland, Michael Carney has been a passionate and dedicated vocal and choral musician and educator for over 25 years. He has degrees in vocal music education from Baldwin Wallace University, where he studied with Stuart Raleigh, Mel Hakola and Charlie Smith among others, and in choral conducting from Kent State University, where he studied with C. M. Shearer. Michael spent the first two decades of his career developing award-winning high school choral programs, and now teaches Classical and Rock Music History courses at Walsh University.
Michael has performed and directed in several area churches, and currently serves as Director of Music at First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, where he directs adult mixed, men’s, women’s, and multigenerational choral groups. He also teaches private students out of his own studio, Crooked River Music. As a director and performer, Michael has shared the stage with thousands of musicians, including Jack F. Lee, Lydia Brown, Frank Bianchi, Connaitre Miller, Greg Heislman, Ann Usher, and Betsy Burleigh. Michael lives in Lakewood with his wife Lucy, and they enjoy traveling, making music together, and spending time with their two adult children.