Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Office: MUS 308
Michael Powers has led concerts in the United States and in Europe that have promoted both contemporary music and standard repertoire. He has been a guest conductor with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, North Shore Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Ensemble, USC Thornton Symphony, and Locrian Chamber Players in New York City. In the Spring of 2001 he made his debut with the South Shore Philharmonic of Long Island and was subsequently appointed Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra. While on tour with the Long Island Youth Orchestra in the Summer of 2002, Mr. Powers led the orchestra in concerts in England, Norway, Sweden and Denmark which were received with great enthusiasm and acclaim. Prior to pursuing advanced studies in orchestral conducting at the University of Southern California in 2003, Mr. Powers was the conductor of the Music Advancement Program Orchestra at The Juilliard School, a program which helps children in the inner city of New York develop their musical talents in a unique and supportive environment. Upon completion of his degree at USC in May of 2005, Mr. Powers was appointed as Music Director of the USC Concert Orchestra and was invited to join the conducting faculty of the Thornton School of Music to teach instrumental conducting in the classroom.