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Michael Giel, Director of Orchestras

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Mr. Michael Giel, Principal Conductor for the Capitol City Opera Company in Atlanta since 2010, is also the Associate Conductor for the California Piano Concerto Festival in San Jose, CA. He is currently in his third season as the conductor of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra. Most recently, he has been conducting the Atlanta Pops Orchestra in and around the metro Atlanta area.


Michael is the Director of Orchestras at Dunwoody High School, has been a high school orchestra director for 19 years and received his Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education from Valdosta State University and completed a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Michael also served as the Orchestra Director for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program at Valdosta State University from 2008 to 2014 and has been a clinician for the Atlanta Public, Cherokee, Dekalb, Fulton, and Muscogee County orchestra festivals.


As a violinist and violist, he has performed with several orchestras in Georgia and Florida including the Savannah Philharmonic, Gwinnett Philharmonic, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Ocmulgee Symphony, Gainesville (GA) Symphony, Albany (GA) Symphony, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Rome (GA) Symphony, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, Da Salo Solisti Chamber Orchestra, LaGrange Symphony, and the Central Florida Symphony. In the modern music arena, Michael has performed with and for artists such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Chloe Agnew (Celtic Woman), John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Debby Boone, Il Volo, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Evanescence, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Sarah Brightman, Lindsay Stirling, and Il Divo.


Michael is a native of Atlanta and lives in Brookhaven with his wife Catherine who is a concert pianist and both are in a rock band called Full Service. She can be seen playing keyboard and signing while he is on stage playing the electric bass. In his spare time, Michael is an avid tennis player and outdoor enthusiast.


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