Location: Virginia, USA
Michael Edward Main is the founding artistic director/conductor of the Arts Chorale of Winchester (VA). Having a passion for preserving the choral art, he has enjoyed over 40 years of choral experience, both as conductor and singer. Mr. Main served as music director of the Loudoun Chorale, was founding director of the Loudoun-Robey Chorus, a charter member of the Consort of Voices, performed sixteen seasons with Winchester Musica Viva Chamber Choir (including two European tours) and eight seasons with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival both as chorister and soloist.
Mr. Main earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors (choral emphasis) from Shenandoah University’s Conservatory of Music. In 1997, he was awarded SU’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to the Community. Conservatory teachers include John Atwood, Bard Suverkrop and Janette Ogg (voice) and James Laster and David Stutzenberger (choral conducting) and Karen Keating (graduate choral conducting).
Mr. Main has completed advanced choral studies with Donald Neuen at the Crystal Cathedral Choral Institute (CA) and the Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Institute, performing with Chanticleer at Sonoma State University (CA). In addition, he has been privileged to work with renowned English choral specialists Philip Moore, Malcolm Archer and David Flood.
As a full-time hairstylist and owner of Manes by Michael, Ltd., Mr. Main in an active soloist, conductor and adjudicator for church and scholastic choral events throughout the region.