Presenter Profile

Michael McKelvey

Guest Artist, Fort Lewis College

Michael McKelvey has been teaching and coaching singers for more than 30 years. Originally from Los Angeles, he has successfully run vocal studios in L.A., Dallas, Austin, Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Specializing in musical theatre and contemporary commercial music, Michael's students can be heard and seen on Broadway, regional theatres and theme parks across the U.S., and international cruises. He has presented vocal workshops and adjudicated for the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, Classical Singer Competition, Texas Music Educators Association, University Interscholastic League, Orange Theory Fitness Summit, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Texas Arts Project, Zach Scott Theatre Performing Arts School, and numerous others. Michael is also an award-winning director, producer and educator. He has recently moved to Durango, CO to start a musical theatre program at Fort Lewis College. Prior to moving to Colorado, Dr. McKelvey was a Professor of Practice in Musical Theatre at Tulane University and the Artistic Director of Summer Lyric Theatre, the preeminent professional summer theatre in the Gulf South. He has also served as the Head of Voice and Associate Professor at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and Director of Musical Theatre, Coordinator of Music, and Associate Professor at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Aside from his university work, Michael is an active freelance producer and arts outreach educator. In Austin, he founded his award-winning production company, Doctuh Mistuh Productions, which specializes in bringing off-Broadway shows to communities who do not have the opportunity to see them. He is also co-founder of Summer Stock Austin, and its outreach program, Theatre for All. SSA is the only tuition-free program of its kind in the U.S., teaming high school and college students together under the guidance of professional theatre makers to produce a summer stock repertory theatre company. He also founded The Story Road Project for Summer Lyric Theatre. Story Road brought live theatre experiences at no cost to the underserved young people of the Greater New Orleans area.

Michael's Workshops

    Musical Theatre Audition Crash Course

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    "What song should I sing?" "I don't know my vocal range?" "What are they looking for?" The answers to all these questions and more can be found in this "crash course" workshop. We
    will cover song choice and cuts, audition notices, cold readings, resumes, show analysis, and much much more. Participants are encouraged to bring in songs with background tracks to serve as volunteer auditioners.