Michael Kerschner (Artistic Director/Conductor) is a respected educator who is dedicated uniting the roles of teacher and working artist. In his 10 years as Artisitc Director of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, he has overseen tremendous growth as the YNYC brand has expanded into three ensembles and has fortified its position as an organization known for presenting new music and ideas. Previously, Michael was conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Chorale, which performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Michael received a degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, where he studied conducting with Brady Allred, and he received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas where he was a student of Jerry McCoy.
He has taught at the NYSSSA choral studies program and at the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University as choral director and Music Education specialist. Choirs under his direction have performed the National Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Command Performance at the Nevada All-State Conference, the Western Division ACDA Student Symposium, and with the New Amsterdam Orchestra, and Ensemble 212. Michael began his career as the Director of Choirs at Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his choirs consistently received the highest possible ratings at local and national festivals.
He currently is Director of the Choral Department at North Shore High School on Long Island, where his ensembles have received gold with distinction honors at NYSSMA festivals, and completed performance tours through Italy, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, and Cuba. As a choral singer he has performed in 9 European countries and at regional and national conferences. Michael is also a visual artist and teaches AP Art History and Performa, a senior experience course in performance art.