Michael Joseph has enjoyed a successful and diverse musical career. Following studies at the New England Conservatory of Music and Catholic University, he continued operatic studies with Tito Gobbi in Florence, Italy, where he also performed throughout the region in operatic concerts. While continuing an active singing career he studied conducting and began conducting works for chorus and orchestra in Massachusetts as well as on tours of Italy and Ireland. He prepared his children’s chorus for performances of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood under Seiji Ozawa. Most recently he studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Vincent LaSelva at the Juilliard School. As he transitioned out of a singing career, Michael also maintained a very successful voice studio. Many of his students have performed professionally in theatre and opera.
For 32 years Michael was Co-Producing Artistic Director and Music Director for The Company Theatre in Norwell, MA. He has worked with thousands of student, amateur and professional performers and instrumentalists in over 150 productions for which he was Music Director. He was co-founder and director of The Academy of The Company Theatre and Teen Conservatory, performance based programs for children and teens, as well as STUDIO ONE - a progressive curricula of voice, musicianship, movement and acting. In addition to his passion for teaching, his roles at the theatre have included conducting, composing, orchestral arranging, vocal coaching, season programming, producing a celebrity showcase, hiring artistic and teaching staff and development of a plan to broaden offerings in the fine arts.
Whether it was Benjamin Britten’s opera Turn of the Screw, a Sondheim musical or The Who’s Tommy, Michael has set and maintained a standard of musical excellence, committed and nuanced vocal and orchestral performances. Michael was guest conductor for Showboat at the Schubert Theatre and for Bridgewater State College’s production of Sondheim’s Assasins. He co-created Gloryland, The America Show, winner of the 1990 New England Theatre Conference’s coveted Moss Hart Award, an award also received for Into the Woods, Big River, and Paragon Park, the Musical.
Michael has been an adjudicator for South East District (MA) high school choral
festival and has been an invited clinician for high school choruses throughout
MA . He has also served as the instrumental judge for high school jazz
Michael was the music director and critically acclaimed conductor for Overture Productions IRNE Award winning The Baker’s Wife, starring Judy Kuhn, as well as two Eliot Norton Awards for conducting performances of Follies In Concert, starring Len Cariou and On the Twentieth Century, starring Alice Ripley and George Dvorsky.
Michael recently returned to his first love – Opera –serving as Chorus Master and Associate Conductor for New York Grand Opera’s Puccini in the Park series, which was performed in Central Park, NYC.