Michael McCarthy has spent the last 22 summers conducting the NEMC Chorale and teaching voice and musical theater. For the other ten months, he lives in Willimantic, Connecticut and serves as Director of Music and Organist at Saint Joseph Church, a position he has held since 1989. He also serves as Pontifical Organist for the Diocesan Choir of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich. He is a former Dean of the Northeastern Connecticut Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently the chapter’s Placement Officer. He has been a church organist for over forty years.
Mr. McCarthy is also Director of the Storrs-based “Renaissance Revival,” an adult chamber choir that performs in period costumes and specializes in the performance of choral and instrumental music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He also works as Musical Director for numerous school and community theater organizations throughout eastern Connecticut.
He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Early Music America, and the Organ Historical Society. He has been inducted into such honorary and professional fraternities as Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Chi.
Mr. McCarthy holds Bachelor of Music degrees magna cum laude in Music Education and Applied Bassoon from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from The University of Connecticut.