Alumni Spotlight: Mike Engelhardt


Michael Engelhardt is a freelance choral composer, conductor, clinician, singer, and producer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. In 2015, he had original compositions premiered at the Minnesota All-State, Kansas All-State, and ACDA National conferences. Much of his work is published by Walton Music and Hinshaw Music, and he has several self-published works available at As a clinician and guest conductor, Michael will appear with the West Virginia ACDA Honors Choir, at the Millikin Vocal Jazz Festival, Oklahoma All-State Jazz Choir, and several other festivals and competitions. He has had the great fortune to collaborate with artists such as Ben Folds (from NBC’s The Sing Off), Abraham Laboriel (bass player for Michael Jackson, Elton John, Madonna, and Quincy Jones), Patti Austin (Grammy award-winning vocalist), and the Kansas City Chorale (Grammy award-winning choral ensemble). Michael is most recognized for merging refined choral art together with contemporary elements of groove, electronica, and video production. Michael is also the founder of Beer Choir, an Oktoberfest-style sing along hosted in pubs and craft breweries throughout the USA and Canada. More info available at A native of Woodstock, Illinois, he holds degrees from Millikin University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Michael currently lives in St. Louis with his wife Meg, son Leo, and a daughter due to arrive in May 2015!

SIUe provided a HUGE boost to my career as a composer, conductor, and singer. The faculty invested in me on a personal level and gave me more opportunities than I could have imagined. Most valuable of all, I was given the freedom and encouragement to develop my own creative voice as well as the confidence to share that voice with others. The nurturing of my artistic identity has led directly to the success I am enjoying today. Currently, I am composing choral works that will be premiered at upcoming All-State and ACDA conferences, I am in demand as a regional and All-State conductor, and I have an active professional singing schedule, occasionally singing background vocals for pop artist Ben Folds. I owe big thanks to the great faculty at SIUe for their instruction, mentoring, and continuous support!



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