Director of Music Ministry
Michele Hecht is in her 18th year as Director of Music Ministry at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where she oversees a large music program that includes two adult choirs, three children’s choirs, an adult handbell choir, Taizé Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, song leaders and instrumentalists. Michele earned her Masters of Music (MM) from Roosevelt University, having transferred from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music Education at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and studied conducting at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary. With her church choirs, she has conducted and performed in a feature concert at Carnegie Hall (2008), Kennedy Center in DC (2007), Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago (2014, 2016), several churches in Charleston, SC (2011), St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (2017), and, most recently, conducted a performance of Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass as a featured choir at the Illinois ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) state-wide conference at the College of DuPage (2017.)
Before her work in church music, Michele taught music in the public schools as an elementary vocal music teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio and Park Ridge, Illinois. During that time, she acted as a coordinator for several Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA/JEM) choral festivals, as guest conductor for district festivals, as well as an active member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), and past president of the Chicago chapter of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). Michele was instrumental in the development of the Kodaly certification program at DePaul University. Currently, she serves as Repertoire & Resource Chair for Music in Worship for the Illinois American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and serves as Vice President for the United Church of Christ Musicians Association (UCCMA). Michele chaired the national conference for UCCMA at Elmhurst College in July 2015 for over 100 attendees from across the US and Canada, and several performing groups and clinicians from the Chicago area.
Michele has performed with the Holy Name Cathedral Singers, Chicago Choral Artists, Voices Chicago, Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, the Apollo Chorus and DuPage Opera Theatre.
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