Michael J Anderson, choral
Head of Music/Professor
Dr. Michael J Anderson is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies and Head of the Department of Music, in the school of Theatre & Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds the D.M.A. degree from the University of Colorado, and the M.MusEd and B.MusEd degrees from Georgia State University. He began his career as the Director of Choral Music at Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia.
Dr. Anderson was re-elected President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) in August 2014. IFCM’s mission is to "build world-wide projects that facilitate the sharing of cultures and opportunities through choral music." He serves on the Board of Directors of Bella Voce, "Chicago’s premiere a cappella vocal ensemble," and also sits on the Board of Advisors for the School of Music at Georgia State University.
Prof. Anderson is particularly active on the international choral music scene. During August 2015, Dr. Anderson presented lectures and masterclasses in nine cities in China. Presently he is working on global artistic choral projects in Barcelona, Milan, Beijing, and Macau. He has conducted, lectured, and adjudicated choirs across the United States, in Sweden, France, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Japan, Korea, Macau, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
2012 took him to Guangju, South Korea where he conducted the Guangju Professional Civic Chorale and lectured at the National Symposium of the Korean Federation for Choral Music, and earlier spoke at the inauguration of the Swedish International Center for Choral Music, in Örebro, Sweden, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the IFCM’s World Youth Choir. He conducted Mozart’s Requiem in 2008 New York’s Carnegie Hall and lectured at the First Annual Forum on Voice, Youth, and Arts Management, in Caen, France. 2007 took Dr. Anderson to Japan where he lectured on International Choral Music at the 60th Anniversary of the Japan Choral Association in Tokyo.