Michael Edward Main, founding artistic director/conductor of the Arts Chorale of Winchester (VA), began his conducting career at age 13 when he organized and directed his church’s first youth choir. In his four decades of choral experience, he has prepared and conducted major choral works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Faure, Bernstein, Britten, Poulenc, Vierne, Gounod and others. In addition, Mr. Main served as music director of the Loudoun Chorale, was founding director of the Loudoun-Robey Chorus, a charter member of the Consort of Voices, performed sixteen seasons with Winchester Musica Viva Chamber Choir (including two European tours) and eight seasons with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival both as chorister and soloist.

Mr. Main is an alum of Shenandoah University’s Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. In 1997, he was awarded SU’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to the Community. Conservatory teachers include John Atwood, Bard Suverkrop and Janette Ogg (voice), James Laster and David Stutzenberger (choral conducting) and Karen Keating (graduate choral conducting).

Mr. Main has completed advanced choral studies with Donald Neuen (UCLA), Joseph Jennings and Matt Oltman (Chanticleer), performing with Chanticleer at the Summer Choral Institute at Sonoma State University (CA). He has been privileged to work with renowned English choral specialists Philip Moore (York Minster), Malcolm Archer (Winchester College) and David Flood (Canterbury).

In addition to being a full-time hairstylist (owner of Manes by Michael, Ltd.) and the ACW’s artistic director, Mr. Main continues to serve the choral art as soloist, conductor and adjudicator for church and scholastic choral events throughout the region.