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Michael Barrett is a Boston-based conductor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher.

He has performed with many professional early-music ensembles, including The Boston Camerata, Huelgas Ensemble, Blue Heron, Vox Luminis, Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Netherlands Bach Society), The Handel and Haydn Society, L’Académie, Seven Times Salt, and Exsultemus. He can be heard on the harmonia mundi, Blue Heron, and Coro record labels.

In his first season with the Meridian Singers, Michael continues as music director of Convivium Musicum (since 2007). He has served as guest director of Cantilena, a women’s chorus in Arlington, and as a visiting lecturer in choral conducting at Bridgewater State University.

He has taught courses in conducting, music history, and theory at Boston University and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education; in the fall of 2016 he will teach a graduate seminar in Renaissance choral literature at BU. With his wife Anney he is co-owner of The Green Room, a multipurpose arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where he teaches voice, piano, and music theory.

Michael earned an AB in music from Harvard University, an MM in choir conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a First Phase Diploma in Baroque and Classical singing from the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2015 he received his DMA in choral conducting from Boston University.