Michelle McIntire is dedicated to the musical success of her students. A stroke survivor, Michelle had to re-learn how to walk, play piano, and sing. She approaches music from the standpoint of a professional music educator, with emphasis on student achievement and mastery. She has been teaching privately since 1989, and holds professional teaching certificates in K-12 music education in both Florida and Missouri. She is a conductor, a director, a singer, a pianist and (most of all!) a teacher. This Florida native has performed widely throughout her native state and upstate New York in concert and stage venues, and is actively pursuing a career in music. As well as singing traditional classical recitals and performances, she has also been very active in musical theater. You can follow her recovery story on Instagram!
She is a past Artistic Director of UMKC's Canta Filia and the Kansas City Children's Choir at the Academy at UMKC, and also GALA Choruses Youth Member choir PerformOutKC!. Michelle has also served as the Director of Music at St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City, MO, Director of Choirs at Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church in KCMO, and the Artistic Director of Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus, located in Tampa, Florida.
Michelle holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Ithaca College, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Florida Southern College. In addition to being an VicePresident of her local chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, her current memberships include: Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association, and the American Choir Directors Association.
Michelle has been teaching voice and piano since 1989. In that time, she has worked with college and high school aged students, beginning adults, young children and retirees, gifted and special needs students, raw beginners and experienced professionals. Michelle feels that her love of people helps her to connect with her students on a very special level, which allows both to grow, no matter what the starting point! For school aged students, she strongly encourages parental involvement. Michelle has a strong track record of past student success.
Michelle began teaching in the public schools in 1996. She has taught mainly vocal music on the secondary level, but has also taught K-12 general music and beginning band and orchestra. In addition, Michelle spent an informative year teaching 3rd grade, as well as a rewarding two-year period working with the at-risk population in central Florida. Her Kansas City school teaching experience includes a year a the French immersion school Academie Lafayette teaching K-1st general music and three years spent at St. Teresa's Academy, where she led three choirs, the orchestra and the praise band as well as a piano studio.
Michelle has been a professional and volunteer church musician since she was first allowed to sing in the choir! She has been professionally involved in church music since her first job as a choir director in 1993. Since then, Michelle has worked mainly in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches -- although not constrained by denomination! She has also conducted, subbed, and soloed for the AME Zion, Unitarian, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian churches. She was the Director of Vocal Music at Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church until 2012.
Since the twins were old enough to make it through rehearsals, Michelle has been involved with musical theatre productions as music director and/or keyboard player in the community and high school arenas.
Michelle has worked with several companies in the area, including The Barn Players, OCTA, RCCP, Shawnee Mission TTIP, City Theatre Independence, Summit Theatre Group.Michelle also served as MD for the St. Theresa'a Academy productions.
Partial list of shows, in no particular order:
Photo Credit: Insight Photography 2012