Our Conductor


Michael Kemp is the founding conductor of the Academy Chorale and Orchestra. Besides being a choral and orchestral conductor, Michael is a choral clinician, author, composer, violist, and voice teacher. For 14 years at Germantown Academy, he was a conductor of school choruses and orchestras. He is a Fellow of Melodious Accord and has twice been awarded inclusion in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Michael has conducted and lectured in over 400 workshops and festivals in 43 states and five Canadian provinces, and has headed significant church music positions in Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. While in Texas, he founded the Arlington Choral Society, which critics placed “on the top rung of choral music in the Dallas Metroplex.”

A published composer with Augsburg Fortress Press, Choristers Guild, and GIA. Michael is the author of The Choral Challenge: Practical Paths to Solving Problems and Innovative Warm-Ups for the Volunteer Choir. His most recent book, published by GIA in October 2015, Rejuvenating Senior Voices: Enhancing the Sound and Confidence of Mature Choirs, deals with the accessibility of singing.

For more information, see Michael Kemp’s website.