Michelle Horsley

Michelle H.

New Haven, CT

Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn how to master a musical piece and play it in a performance environment! Learn musical interpretation and establish confidence in preparing a piece.
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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2015

Hi! My name's Michelle and I've been working as a professional musician for as long as I can remember. I was very lucky to grow up in a family of musicians and to be exposed to high-level music education at a very young age. I found my love in keyboard instruments and went on to pursue piano & pipe organ at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I've since had positions as Music Director in various churches, where I've conducted choirs and planned large musical programs, in addition to performing regularly for all services. I've also served on committees working to bring keyboard music to larger, age-diverse communities. I've created and developed music programs for children & youth in non-profit organizations while teaching and coaching students of all ages. I've accumulated a significant portfolio of original compositions and arrangements which have been performed internationally.

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Director of Music
Feb 2017 - Present
St. Matthew Lutheran Church

- direct and conduct adult choir
- oversee children's music progamming
- ensemble-playing with amateur and professional musicians within community
- regularly play for all services
- collaborate with staff
- coordinate special services and performances
- hire instrumentalists
- maintain instruments

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Aug 2015 - Jan 2017
Diverse Harmony

- assisted musical leadership of large youth choir ages 12-18 and smaller, auditioned ensemble ages 18-23
- composed and arranged choral works for both vocal ensembles
- coached soloists for special performances
- directed sectional rehearsals and accompanied all rehearsals

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Aug 2014 - Jan 2017
Seattle First Baptist Church

- accompany 60-voice choir
- perform and collaborate with orchestra for large concerts
- play for all regular and special services
- hire instrumentalists
- work with amateur and professional musicians within congregation
- maintain music archives and instruments

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Directer of Music
Jul 2013 - Jul 2014
St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland

- directed and conducted adult choir of 30 members
- co-directed weekly children's ensembles
- catalogued choral library
- accompanied all traditional services
- conducted mass choir of local Lutheran churches
- directed Advent music programs
- concertized on seasonal themes
- attended staff meetings and collaborated with other church leadership

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Master of Sacred Music
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Duquesne University
Bachelor of Music Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Stetson University
Associate of Arts
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Saint Petersburg College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Phi Kappa Lambda
Aug 2012

The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields.

The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.

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American Guild of Organists
Aug 2008

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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Photo by Michelle H.

Photo by Michelle H.

Photo by Michelle H.


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Susan Apr 17, 2018
Piano · In studio

Michelle was very skilled at determining my skill and provided what I needed.

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