Michael Slon

Board Position: 
Community Choirs
Home Town: 
Charlottesville
Active as a conductor of choral, orchestral, and operatic repertoire, Michael Slon is director of the University Singers and UVA Chamber Singers, and a professor on music faculty at the University of Virginia, where he also guest conducts the Charlottesville Symphony.  He also serves as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, and has created a series of new artistic partnerships with that chorus, including an acclaimed 2014 semi-staged production of Bernstein’s Candide with Ash Lawn Opera, performances with regional orchestras and youth choruses, and a Community Sing-In to benefit local charities.  His ensembles have sung for Philip Glass, and the creators of Les Misérables, toured the United States and Europe, and previously collaborated with artists including Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, and Franz Welser-Möst.  His repertoire has ranged from Bach’s Mass in B minor, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, and Verdi’s Requiem to Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, and Bernstein’s Mass.  He previously served as visiting conducting faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory, and assistant conductor of Cincinnati's May Festival Chorus, and the Cornell University choruses.  Also a pianist, composer, and writer, his first book Songs from the Hill has been cited in a variety of publications, and his work on Leonard Bernstein recently received the national Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association.  As a composer, his work was recently presented by Vocalis in NYC’s Merkin Hall, and will be heard at a regional ACDA convention in 2018.  
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