Michael Esser

Director at Grand Central Station Showchoir

Company:
Grand Central Station Showchoir

General Information

Employment History

Program Chair  - Wisconsin Winter Convention

Education

Bachelor of Music Education Degree  - University of Northern Iowa

Web References  

Grand Central Station Showchoir - Direction :: Michael Esser

Direction | Mike Esser | :: DIRECTIONGrand Central Station Showchoir - Direction :: Michael EsserDirected by Michael EsserDirector: Michael EsserMike Esser is in his 2nd decade of teaching and his 14th year at Central High School in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he conducts The Select Robed Choir, Grand Central Station Show Choir, and the Men's Chorus.Mr. Esser received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Iowa.He has done further study at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, Northern Arizona University and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Mr. Esser's choirs have been invited to perform at various college choral festivals in the Midwest, Iowa Public Television, the State and Regional Music Educators Conventions, and the State and Regional American Choral Director's Conventions.He has guest directed various choral festivals and clinics at the high school and junior high school level in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Alabama, Nebraska, and Iowa.His voice students consistently place in the finals at the NATS Fall Competition and his soloists have performed at several vocal festivals.Grand Central Station has been selected Grand Champion in several competitions and has been awarded numerous vocal, band, and choreography awards.For the 2001, 2002, 2003 seasons, Grand Central Station was named Grand Champion at all competitions in which they participated.In January of 2002, 2003, and 2004 the Select Concert Choir from Central received 1st place in the Concert Choir Competition held in conjunction with the Onalaska High School Show Choir Classic. Mr. Esser has had articles published in Melisma and the American Choral Journal and served on the Board of Directors of the ICDA [Iowa Choral Directors Association] and Wisconsin Choral Directors Assocation.He was the convention chair of the 1990 Iowa convention and was program chair for the Wisconsin Winter Convention in 1996.Mr. Esser has also developed a choral directors summer symposium entitled "Singspiel" for the WCDA.Article credit: icdamusic.orgDirected by Michael EsserDirector: Michael EsserMike Esser is in his 2nd decade of teaching and his 14th year at Central High School in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he conducts The Select Robed Choir, Grand Central Station Show Choir, and the Men's Chorus.Mr. Esser received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Iowa.He has done further study at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, Northern Arizona University and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Mr. Esser's choirs have been invited to perform at various college choral festivals in the Midwest, Iowa Public Television, the State and Regional Music Educators Conventions, and the State and Regional American Choral Director's Conventions.He has guest directed various choral festivals and clinics at the high school and junior high school level in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Alabama, Nebraska, and Iowa.His voice students consistently place in the finals at the NATS Fall Competition and his soloists have performed at several vocal festivals.Grand Central Station has been selected Grand Champion in several competitions and has been awarded numerous vocal, band, and choreography awards.For the 2001, 2002, 2003 seasons, Grand Central Station was named Grand Champion at all competitions in which they participated.In January of 2002, 2003, and 2004 the Select Concert Choir from Central received 1st place in the Concert Choir Competition held in conjunction with the Onalaska High School Show Choir Classic. Mr. Esser has had articles published in Melisma and the American Choral Journal and served on the Board of Directors of the ICDA [Iowa Choral Directors Association] and Wisconsin Choral Directors Assocation.He was the convention chair of the 1990 Iowa convention and was program chair for the Wisconsin Winter Convention in 1996.Mr. Esser has also developed a choral directors summer symposium entitled "Singspiel" for the WCDA.Article credit: icdamusic.org

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La Crosse Tribune - News

Michael Esser, Grand Central Station's director, and some other show choir directors said the controversy throws the results of the competition into question."I realize Paul made a difficult decision," Esser said."This is an unfortunate situation, one that is hard to comprehend and difficult to explain to students and parents."There is an added disappointment for all schools involved because they will never know the unaltered results," he said.

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La Crosse Tribune - News

"When the streak ends, there will be great rejoicing and great sadness, and people will pick one," said Michael Esser, Grand Central Station's director.Esser said his choir's goal is to make the finals because of the talented field."I want the show to be good, and whatever happens, happens," he said.He thought about not returning to the Onalaska Classic this year because he didn't want to wear out his choir's welcome."But the Onalaska Classic has been a good early goal, the judging is superb and I like the facilities," Esser said."Paul (Gulsvig) puts on a quality competition." Esser said Grand Central Station has won several Onalaska Classic titles because they are often better prepared earlier than other show choirs.

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