Location: New York, USA
Michael Alan Anderson was named the second Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua of Chicago in 2008. He is a founding member of the ensemble and Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), where he specializes in medieval and Renaissance music. As a conductor, Anderson also served as Assistant Director of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir from 2001-2005. He was the student director of the all-male University of Notre Dame Glee Club and has appeared with the ensemble as a guest director in recent years. Besides his appearances with Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Anderson has sung as a baritone with the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the batons of Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, and others in venues from Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago to Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie. He has further received invitations to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as well as the professional chamber ensembles and Seraphic Fire (Miami, FL) and Voices (Rochester, NY). He is a member of the editorial board for the American Choral Review, a semiannual journal of Chorus America.
Anderson received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music at the University of Chicago in 2008. His awards include the Alvin H. Johnson American Musicological Society 50 Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the Grace Frank Grant (Medieval Academy of America), the Whiting Foundation Fellowship (University of Chicago), and several travel and research grants. He has published articles in the Journal of Plainsong and Medieval Music and Studi musicali, with forthcoming articles in Early Music (Oxford) and Early Music History (Cambridge). He was recently named a finalist in the Early Music Scholars Competition, presented by the Chalice Consort (San Francisco). Currently, Anderson is finishing a book on the politics of Renaissance music in honor of St. Anne.