Michael Shirtz, Chorale Director
A jazz/singer pianist, composer, and conductor, Michael Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary, and classical music audiences. Managed and produced by OCM Productions, Shirtz presents the JAZZ@8 Series, performs regularly with the Michael Shirtz Quartet, and works with such artists as Maureen McGovern, Mary McClendon, among others. His passion for introducing jazz and American Music to new audiences is evident in his stage shows AMERICA, Our Way, As I’ve Learned It, In Finding Faith, and numerous tribute programs.
Currently serving as the Project Manager/Producer with Tri-C, he produces the Tri-C JazzFest and Tri-C Presents Performance Series in Cleveland, Ohio at Playhouse Square, Nighttown, Bop Stop, and Cleveland Museum for the Art. As a conductor, Shirtz is the artists director/conductor of the Chautauqua Festival Chorus and Chautauqua Choir at Lakeside, newly appointed conductor of the Firelands Symphony Chorale, and has conducted and performed with numerous organizations, including the Martin Luther King Festival Chorus, Columbus Symphony, African American Composers Festival, Donald Brinegar Singers, California Philharmonic, and festival and regional choruses in California, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Shirtz has served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, American Music Academy, Terra State Community College, and numerous festivals and workshops. Michael works regularly with the Jazz Education Network, S&S Strategies, and presents nationally on arts impact and the creative economy. Shirtz holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz & Contemporary Studies from Capital University and Masters of Music in Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles.