Michael’s professional activities span conducting, teaching, composing and arranging. His performing repertoire and experience is very broad covering orchestral, choral, operatic, Music Theatre and numerous collaborations with Maori performers.
Michael has been the Wellington Chorus Master and Associate Conductor for the New Zealand Opera from 1991. In 2019 he was the Chorus Master for the company across the country having also previously assumed the role with the Christchurch Chorus.
He has conducted opera performances for the company, including their four national tours for which he produced reduced orchestrations.
He has also conducted operas for Wellington City Opera, Hamilton Operatic Society, Hawke’s Bay Opera, Wanganui Opera, and Massey University’s Conservatorium of Music, the New Zealand School of Music, Boutique Opera and Days Bay Opera. He has been a tutor at the New Zealand Opera School for more than fifteen years. He is working with Wellington Light Opera on upcoming performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
In 2020 Michael received a Lilburn Trust Fellowship to edit and publish a collection of pre-1950 New Zealand Art Songs.