Oak Park Concert Chorale, in 2016, created the Composer-in-Residence position. The OPCC Composer-in-Residence is designed to give gifted artists a platform to share their music and provide opportunities to work directly with members of our group. We believe that the collaboration between composer, conductor, and ensemble is important and will foster a high level of artistry within our group. Additionally, we are excited about the new choral music that will be written specifically for us and look forward to premiering these new works and sharing them with our community.
Michael Wolniakowski is our first Composer-in-Residence. Michael brings a great wealth of experience as a composer, conductor, editor, and keyboard player, and has created his own publishing company, Tempo 1˚ Press.
More about Michael Wolniakowski, composer
Chicago-native Michael Wolniakowski (b. 1974) is a composer whose choral works are performed by amateur and professional ensembles around the world. He is composer-in-residence for the Oak Park Concert Chorale and for the music department of Kansas City Lutheran High School. In 2014, he founded Tempo 1 Press, a new publishing company that aims to publish new and neglected works of the past.
Michael studied at Concordia University Chicago and published his first work while still an undergraduate. His graduate work in choral conducting and composition was completed at Northwestern University, and his post-graduate work in composition and orchestral transcription was completed at the Royal College of Music in London.
He has served as continuo player for works by J. S. Bach, including a great deal of the cantata literature. He has been soloist for performances of rarely performed music of Bach including the concerto for two and three harpsichords. His sacred music has been included and performed in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music since 2017.
As a singer, Michael has toured with the Ionian Singers (London, UK) throughout central London and the Northern Jutland area of Denmark. Additionally, Michael has sung under influential conductors including Bob Chilcott, Timothy Salter, and Paul Spicer.
Recently, Michael was named a finalist for the American Prize in Composition, and his career was profiled by Northwestern University in their alumni magazine. This past May, Lumen (a UK-based chamber choir) recorded his music, which was just released on the Convivium record label.