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Praised for his “luminous tone, weighted with pathos” (Upstage), countertenor Michael Walker has performed oratorios and recitals throughout the United States and abroad. He frequently performs in historically informed performances ranging from the Early Renaissance to the Late Baroque eras. As an interpreter of early music, Michael has been a featured soloist with Alchymy Viols, Mon Choeur, Echoing Air, Concentus and the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project.  Additionally, Michael has been the featured alto soloist in G. F. Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, in J. S. Bach’s Magnificat with the Marquette Choral Society, and in Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the AIMS International Music School in the United Kingdom.

Michael is passionate about expanding the definitions of the western musical canon and historical performance practices.   Particularly comfortable in the realm of interpreting art songs and contemporary works, as a recitalist, Michael has presented various art songs programs such as Alchymy Viols’ Deep River: American Spirituals My Mother Taught Me (Second Presbyterian Church, IN), Across the Pond: British Art Songs (Christ Church Cathedral, IN), Duet Recital: Romantic Era Joint-Lieder with fortepiano (Indiana University, IN), and An Evening of Organ and Voice: Sacred Baroque Works (Church of the Nativity Episcopal, AL).   

As an advocate for early music and the classical performing arts, Michael serves as the vice president of Indianapolis Baroque Orchestras and as a board member on the boards of directors of Early Music America.  Currently, he holds the position of Annual Giving Manager at Central City Opera and as a staff singer at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. Michael holds a Master of Music in Early Music Performance Practices from the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  


Education/Professional Affiliations

Master of Music, Early Music Performance Practices (Voice)

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, Historical Performance Institute Bloomington, IN

Bachelors of Science, Business Management

University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL

Sphinx LEAD Fellow

Sphinx Organization

Vice President, Board of Directors

IndyBaroque Music Inc.

Board of Directors

Early Music America

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