Oak Park Concert Chorale is proud to announce a new position within our ensemble, the Composer-in-Residence. 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.
OPCC has selected Michael Wolniakowski to be 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 conductor, composer, editor, and founder of themwgroup, a non-profit, global creative-catalyst agency. His vision is a magnet for organizations and individuals attracting a diverse, like-minded consortium that challenges many brands in the professional music area.
Michael studied music education, organ, and composition 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 in Evanston, Illinois, and his post-graduate work in composition and creative 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. Composers and singers whom he coaches have won top prizes in national competitions in the US.
As a singer, he has toured with the Ionian Singers (London, UK) throughout central London and the Northern Jutland area of Denmark. The chorus was featured at several music festivals along the Saeby Sea with concerts broadcast live on Danish National Radio. Additionally, Michael has sung under influential conductors including Bob Chilcott, Timothy Salter, and Paul Spicer.