EducationMichelle 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 active member 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.
Private StudioMichelle 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.
Choral Experience and Classroom TeachingMichelle 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. Holding advanced degrees in both Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance, McIntire approaches directing with a combination of vocal technique, excellent musicianship, well-crafted age appropriate repertoire, and an awareness of community. As a teaching conductor, her focus is on the singer and helping students attain his or her fullest potential. Michelle's choirs have consistently achieved high honors at district, state, and national festivals, traveling frequently and performing throughout the year at many diverse venues.
Church MusicMichelle 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. Most recently, she was the Director of Vocal Music at Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church.
Musical TheatreSince moving to Kansas City in 2003, Michelle has been involved with musical theatre productions on the community and high school arenas. Her last three shows, all at St Teresa's Academy, were spent serving as Music Director and conductor of Zombie Prom, Honk! and Curtains! She also was music director for the Barn Players production of Lucky Stiff (2009). In addition, Michelle also has experience in lighting, stage managing, pit orchestra, and conducting the pit.
Photo Credit: Insight Photography 2012