Michael Plantz (email@example.com)
A native of Ohio, Michael moved to Texas in 1993 to attend graduate school. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Marshall University and two Master of Music degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, one in organ performance and one in music ministry. During his time at Southwestern, he was the graduate assistant to Cynthia Dobrinski, working with the handbell choirs. He has served churches in Ohio, West Virginia and Texas for the past 18 years. He was Organist/Music Associate at First Baptist Church in Arlington, where he coordinated the instrumental program and directed 4 handbell choirs. Currently, he is organist at East Dallas Christian Church.
From 1999 to 2003, Michael worked as a high school choral director in the Arlington ISD, during which time his choirs sang in New Orleans, New York City and Italy. Since leaving Arlington ISD, he has joined the adjunct music faculty of Dallas Baptist University teaching music theory and piano. He also works throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a freelance organist, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, he has written music for choir, organ, piano, orchestra, and handbell choirs.
His solo performances include organ recitals, hymn festivals and piano solos. He has been featured as piano soloist for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy." In June of 2003, he was pianist for Haydn's "The Creation" at the Meyerson Symphony Center with Dr. Donald Neuen as conductor. Mr. Plantz made his Carnegie Hall debut in March of 2006 as the accompanist for the Martin High School Chorale which was invited to sing as part of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival.
Michael's musical theater credits include over twenty-five shows, including "Forever Plaid," "Children of Eden," "Side by Side by Sindheim," and others. He teaches on the faculty of the Dallas Summer Musicals School of Musical Theatre and works as pianist for theaters such as Casa Manana. He is also pianist for various musical reviews and cabarets.
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