An active conductor and collaborative pianist based in New York City, Michael Sheetz was appointed Musica Sacra’s first Assistant Music Director in July 2013. Working closely with Music Director Kent Tritle, he assists in preparing and performing 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 on March 2014 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Judith Lang Zaimont’s Parable: A Tale of Abram and Isaac. Additionally, Michael is spearheading an educational outreach initiative involving Musica Sacra and the New York City Department of Education that introduces Handel’s Messiah in an interactive presentation to underserved students in New York City and brings 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 all five boroughs of New York City, have been involved in the program.
Michael serves as Music Associate at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where he directs the Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra, assists in the direction of the Parish Community Choir, and provides conducting and keyboard support for the acclaimed Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. Further duties include maintaining the church’s renowned music library, as well as contracting, playing, and overseeing many of the church’s liturgies throughout the year. A recording of his playing with the St. Ignatius Children’s Choirs was regarded as “consistently excellent” by the American Record Guide Review, and he recently produced and directed the liturgical music album “Hallelujah: The Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra,” featuring music in both classical and contemporary styles.
He is the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the Fairfield County Chorale and 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 the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Assistant Choral Director at the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Festival, and the 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.