Michele Hecht

Director of Music Ministry  

For the past 18 years, Michele Hecht has been the Director of Music Ministry at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, IL, where she directs the adult choir, children’s choir and supervises music staff and volunteers. Michele is the current President of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association (UCCMA), a national organization that serves church musicians. In addition to serving on the board of UCCMA for several years (2015-current), Michele also chaired the UCCMA national conference at Elmhurst College, IL (2015.) Concurrently, Michele served as Music in Worship chair for the Illinois chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (IL-ACDA), for whom she organized two Music in Worship choral festivals (2017, Dr. Timothy Sharp and 2019, Jeffrey Hunt.) Michele earned her B.S in Music Education at the University of Illinois (1989), her M.M. from Roosevelt University (1995), having transferred from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (1989-91). She also studied conducting at the Kodály Institute in Hungary (1995), René Clausen Choral School (2006) and University of Michigan Conducting Symposium (2018).
Together with her co-director and accompanist, Jeff Haeger, the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn Choir has performed in several choral festivals at Carnegie Hall (2003, Dr. John Leavitt), Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (2007, Dr. John Leavitt), Charleston International Choral Festival (2010, Dr. Jeffery L. Ames), Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago (2014, Dr. Hugh Floyd and 2016, Dr. René Clausen), St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans (2017, Dr. Alan Raines), College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (IL-ACDA convention 2017) and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco (2019, Dr. Sandra Snow), including in their own featured concert at Carnegie Hall (2008).
Prior to her career as a church musician, she was an elementary vocal music teacher in Cincinnati (1989-91) and in Park Ridge, Illinois (1991-96). During that time, she acted as 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 President of the Chicago chapter of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). Michele was instrumental in the development of the Kodály certification program at DePaul University. Currently, she is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Choristers Guild.
Michele studied voice with soprano Judith Haddon (Roosevelt University, 1991-95), and has performed as a professional choral singer with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus (1989-91, Dr. Robert Porco, with guest conductor, Robert Shaw), Holy Name Cathedral Singers, Chicago (1991-92, Richard Proulx), Chicago Choral Artists (1997-98, Bart Bradford), Voices Chicago (1994-96, Richard Garrin), and DuPage Opera Theatre (1998-2000, Harold Bauer).

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