Michelle Risling

Michelle R.

Murrieta, CA

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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 7 to 18 and special needs

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Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, choral emphasis, at California State University, Fullerton in 2010. She continued her education at CSUF, earning a single-subject California Teaching Credential in Music, and has been working full-time in secondary education since 2011.

Michelle has been the Upper School music teacher at Temecula Preparatory School since 2013, where she directs five choirs, teaches academic music courses, and co-directs musical theatre productions. She has also directed an advanced high school community chorus with the San Diego North Coast Singers, called Capella, since 2008. She can frequently be found conducting for Fine Arts Network's musicals and operas in Old Town Temecula. Professionally, Michelle sings with the San Diego Pro Arte Voices, and has recorded and performed with the Choral Arts Initiative in Orange County.

Michelle has been in choirs consistently since 1993, and has studied private voice and piano for more than 20 years. At CSU Fullerton, she studied conducting and music education, and was a member of four of the university's esteemed choral ensembles, including the University Singers, Concert Choir, Jazz Singers, and Women's Choir. She held section leader positions in both the Concert Choir and Women’s Choir. With the CSUF University Singers, she performed with many well-known figures, such as Andrea Bocelli, Dale Warland, Beck, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eric Whitacre, Nintendo, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Michelle is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA). She has adjudicated auditions for several SCVA honor choirs.

Michelle also composes and arranges choral music, and her compositions have been performed by the San Diego North Coast Singers several times. She regularly composes and arranges pieces for many different types of choirs.

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Choir Director and Upper School Music Teacher
Aug 2013 - Present
Temecula Preparatory School

Teacher of high school music history, beginner music theory, and advanced (AP) music theory courses.

Director of five choirs:
7th-8th Grade Beginner Choir
9th-12th Grade Beginner Choir
9th-12th Grade Advanced Choir
6th-12th Grade Women's Choir
6th-12th Grade Men's Choir

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Director, Advanced High School Choir
Sep 2008 - Present
San Diego North Coast Singers


CA Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Music
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
California State University Fullerton
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (choral)
Aug 2004 - Jun 2010
California State University Fullerton


Southern California Vocal Association
Aug 2011

Southern California Vocal Association is an association for vocal teachers and choral directors. They hold choral festivals, vocal competitions, workshops and more.

American Choral Directors Association
Aug 2004

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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Upright Samick piano in my home studio.  Studio is freshly painted and decorated with vintage Disney!

Michelle Risling performing "Lied der Mignon" by Franz Schubert

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Cara Oct 1, 2018
Classical Voice · In studio

Ms. Risling really helped my daughter develop her voice. She was also very accomodating and flexible in regards to scheduling.

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