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 a very active singing career he studied conducting, and has conducted works for chorus and orchestra in Massachusetts as well as on tours of Italy and Ireland. He has studied Orchestral Conducting with Maestro Vincent La Selva at the Juilliard School. 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.
As he transitioned out of a singing career, Michael maintained a very successful voice studio. Many of his students perform professionally in musical theatre and opera. Michael served for 32 years as Producing Artistic Director and Music Director for The Company Theatre in Norwell, MA. He has worked with thousands of amateur and professional performers and instrumentalists in over 100 productions for which he was Music Director. He is co-founder and director of The Academy of The Company Theatre, a training program for children and adults. 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 implementation of a plan to broaden offerings in the fine arts. He co-created Gloryland, The America Show, winner of the 1990 New England Theatre Conference’s coveted Moss Hart Award, an award his productions also received for Into the Woods, Big River and Singin' In The Rain.
Whether it is 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. He was invited to be guest conductor for productions at Bridgewater State University and The Gloucester Stage Company. Michael has been an adjudicator for South East District (MA) high school choral festivals. He is frequently an invited clinician for high school choruses throughout MA and has served as the instrumental judge for local high school jazz choir festivals.
Last, but certainly not least, 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 had the pleasure of serving as Chorus Master and Associate Conductor for New York Grand Opera’s production of La Boheme and Tosca which were performed in Central Park.
He resides in New York City and teaches voice in Manhattan and Boston.