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Michael Carver

Michael Carver

Professional Membership Professional


Annapolis, MD
United States 22202


202-251-9330 (cell)

Additional Info:

Bachelor of Arts, Music (Piano Performance, Choral Conducting)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Piano studies at Duke University and NC School of the Arts

Master of Science, Technical Communication
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Theater Studies under Mark Rhea, Bruce Mooney
Duke University, Private Piano Instruction
NC School of the Arts, Private Piano Instruction
Organ Study at Duke University
Choral Workshops sponsored by Hinshaw Music - including working under John Rutter and David Weadon Summer Choral Workshops at UNC Chapel Hill under Dr. Lara Hoggard, 3 summers

• Guest Artist (Pianist), Dumbarton Recital Series, Washington DC 2005
• Regular soloist and accompanist on UUCA Recital Series 2001-present (most recently appeared as soloist for Piano Dedication Gala performing Chopin “Ballade in g minor”)
• Sidney Dowd Piano Scholar, UNC Chapel Hill
• Winner of UNC Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition – concerto soloist performing Saint-Saen’s “2nd Piano Concerto in g minor”
• Selected as Guest Artist for “I Virtuosi” and “Amongst Friends” Benefit Concert Series for the DC Metro area
• Chosen as Director for Mass Community Choir for National “Heartstrings” tour that raised money for AIDS research
• Honorary Endowment for Visiting Artists established in Michael Carver’s name at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in recognition of outstanding leadership and years of service

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Satellite Program, Fairfax VA
Instructor, Cary Conservatory and Keyboard Studio
Piano Instructor, UNC Chapel Hill and free lance in Raleigh, NC

Theater Experience

Musical Director
“Guys and Dolls” Episcopal High School
“Nine” American University, Washington DC
“Anything Goes” joint production of Keegan Theater / Chalice Theater, Washington DC
“Naked Boys Singing”, Actors Theater of Washington DC
“Godspell”, Trinity Theater, Raleigh NC
“Fiddler on the Roof”, Chapel Hill, NC

Cast Member w Leading Roles
“Into the Woods”, “Cabaret”, “The Pajama Game”, “Hello Dolly”, “The King & I”, “Bye, Bye Birdie”

St Stephens Episcopal Church Sept 2019 - present
Director of Music

Galesville United Methodist Church March 2019 - Sept 2019

Free Lance Pianist/Accompanist/Conductor – present
• Guest pianist and organist for local churches, weddings, memorial services, parties, and receptions
• Served as lead pianist in local Tango orchestra - 2006
• Served as interim organist, Arlington Presbyterian Church – Spring 2005
• Served as interim organist, Christ Lutheran Church, Washington DC - 2004

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Director of Music (Interim, 2001-2002)
(membership size = 2,000)
• Managed entire music program including 2 paid staff members and several volunteers – 6 ensembles
• Directed the 75-voice choir – plan and implement 2 full concerts each year
• Served as consulting leader on Music Committee
• Conducted 2 choral concerts with orchestra and chorus
• Coordinated a 3 church community concert
• Recruited choral clinicians and planned vocal workshop for choir members for Fall and Spring seasons
• Served as guest lecturer for area music workshop and taught session on the use of chant and psalmody in alternative worship; applied chant to poems of Emily Dickinson, Alice Walker, etc
• Planned, coordinated, and directed a fundraising benefit – an evening cabaret incorporating guest artists and local church talent
• Recruited and managed talent in congregation resulting in instrumental and soloist music integrated into weekly worship
• Served as substitute conductor and ringer in handbell ensembles
• Served as guest artist in church recital series
• Worked with ministers and other committees to plan worship services
• Participated in the musical life of the surrounding community at large and provided opportunities for church ensembles to perform with and contribute to other arts organizations and ensembles in the community
• Managed music budget (approx.75k) and approved/managed expenditures

Cary Keyboard Studio and Music School
Piano Instructor
Cary, NC 1997-1999
• Taught advanced piano students (sole instructor there that taught the most advanced students)

Covenant Christian Church
Service Accompanist
(membership size = 500)
Cary, NC 1997-1999
• Accompanied all services (prelude, hymns, special music, instrumentalist, anthems, and postlude) and served as rehearsal accompanist for weekly choir rehearsals

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Director of Music/Organist
(membership size = 1200)
Raleigh, NC 1988-1994

• Managed entire music program (staff of 7) including administrative, financial, and worship planning
• Served as conductor for Senior Adult Choir
o Conducted such favorites as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rutter’s Requiem, Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Handel’s Messiah with symphonic musicians from the North Carolina Symphony
• Directed the musical, “Godspell” for 2 productions with area youth
• Developed Visiting Artist program and recital series for summer worship
• Managed volunteer choir directors including children’s choirs and handbell groups
• Led worship planning strategies and liturgical planning for various committees
• Served as Organist for liturgical service, all special services throughout liturgical calendar, and hymn singing (approx. 2 years)
• Directed music for 2 main weekly services (1 folk and 1 traditional) and all special services based on liturgical calendar

Other Musical Experience
• Performed role of Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince in Chalice Theater’s Production of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”
• Guest Artists at UUCA Recital Series
• Interim Organist, Arlington Presbyterian Church
• Interim Organist, Christ Lutheran Church, Washington DC
• Substitute Conductor/Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington DC
• Substitute Conductor/Organist/Choir Director, Augustana Lutheran Church, Washington DC
• Substitute Accompanist, Master Chorale of Washington, Washington, D
• Substitute Accompanist, Adas Israel Synagogue, Washington, DC
• Piano Instructor, Cary KeyBoard Studio and Music School, Cary, NC
• Principal Accompanist and Assistant Director, Triangle Men’s Chorus, Raleigh, NC
• Accompanied “When We No Longer Touch”, a major choral work for Men’s Chorus with members of the North Carolina Symphony
• Singer and Substitute Accompanist, Raleigh Oratorio Society, Raleigh, NC
• Selected to perform Brahm’s “Liebeslieder Waltzes” for chorus and 4 hands piano (1 of 2 pianists featured)
• Accompanist and Student Director for UNC Women’s Glee Club
• Chorister in UNC Men’s Glee Club, Carolina Choir
• Chorister and Student Director/Accompanist, Governor’s School of North Carolina, East

Representative Choral Repertoire List

Good knowledge of standard repertoire for musical theater

Good knowledge of standard repertoire for church choirs including:

• Renaissance - Palestrina, Lasso, Praetorius, Victoria, Monteverdi
• Baroque - Handel, Bach, Pachelbel
• Classical - Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn
• Romantic - Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Puccini, Verdi, Stainer,
• 20th Century - Durufle, Vaughan Williams , Poulenc, Copland, Faure, Bernstein, Rutter, Rorem, Barber, Rachmaninoff

Particularly interested in ethnomusicology and styles from other cultures especially rhythmic-rich styles like those from Africa and in the African American gospel tradition. Enjoy doing research, writing, and educating on various musical genres, styles, and pieces.

Enjoy alternative styles including pop, rock, and folk music by inter-generational leaders like Sweet Honey in the Rock, Chieftans, King Singers, Chanticleer

Have conducted larger choral works (with orchestra) including such favorites as:

• Bach - Motet VI “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden”
• Vivaldi - “Gloria”
• Rutter - “Requiem”
• Pinkham - “Christmas Cantata”
• Handel - “Messiah”
• Perti - “Magnificat”
• Pachelbel - “Magnificat”
• Faure - “Requiem” (selections)
• Basler - “Missa Kenya”


$ 60.00 Dollars Per Hour


Piano, Organ, Electronic Keyboard


Improvisation, Vocal Accompaniment, Musical Theatre, Musical Direction

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