Meet Our Conductor

Michael Peerless, Conductor

A native of Peoria, Illinois, Michael Peerless holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Bradley University and a Master of Music from Catholic University. He first came to the Washington area in 1967 as a member of the famed Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force Band. After leaving the service he became a professional chorister and baritone soloist with the choirs of Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner and Greg Smith. He has also been a chorister with the New York City, Boston and Washington Operas. He has performed as soloist in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

Along with his chorus and solo work, he is a respected actor in the community and has performed leading roles in both drama and musical comedy in numerous productions throughout the metropolitan area. Of a performance of HMS Pinafore at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Post stated, “His total characterization, vocal and theatrical was… well… peerless.”

Mr. Peerless has studied voice with Todd Duncan (original Porgy in Porgy and Bess), acting with Floyd King (Washington Shakespeare Theater) and conducting with Lloyd Geisler (Associate Conductor of the National Symphony).