The American conductor, Miguel Ángel Felipe, was born and began his musical studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a child, he studied piano privately and double bass in the public schools before going on to graduate from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy where he played bass in the schoolís orchestra and earned a diploma in piano (1994-1996). His studies continued at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, studying with conductors John Leman and Christopher Zimmerman (1996-1999). While in Cincinnati he established and led several instrumental ensembles and choral ensembles and worked at two local churches including The Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, seat of the archbishop of Cincinnati. After relocating to Boston in 1999, Felipe attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, Michael Jinbo, director (1999). He also studied conducting at Boston University where he earned a masters (2003-2005) and doctorate (2005-2009) studying with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt (2003-2005).
In 2004 Miguel Felipe was appointed Music Director of the Boston Choral Ensemble, one of the cityís premiere chamber choirs. The following year he served as visiting faculty at Brown University. At the same time, he was appointed at The Boston Conservatory where he has taught courses in choral repertoire and performance practice, aural skills, harmony and counterpoint, and has led the schoolís Womenís Chorus and, on occasion, the Orchestra. In 2008 Felipe was appointed assistant conductor of Harvard Universityís Collegium Musicum, Dr. Jameson Marvin, conductor. Most recently, Felipe was appointed interim choral director at Mt. Holyoke College where he leads the schoolís three choruses and directs all choral activities.
Today, Miguel Felipe is Interim Choral Director and Visiting Lecturer in Music at Mt. Holyoke College, Associate Director of Choral Studies at The Boston Conservatory, Music Director of the Boston Choral Ensemble, and Assistant Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum at Harvard University. He has conducted choirs at the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Brown University, and Harvard University. He has led community choirs in Maine, Massachusetts, and Ohio, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Northeast USA and in Southeast Asia.
As a performer, Miguel Felipe has long been an advocate for new music. In the last ten years, he has commissioned and premiered dozens of works for chamber orchestra, wind ensemble, womenís chorus, menís chorus, and mixed chorus. In 2007 he established - and continues to direct - the Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition: the Northeastís largest choral commissioning project of its kind.
As a researcher and teacher, Miguel Felipeís research interests focus on choral innovations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, on concepts of choral societies' influence in cultural development, and on conducting pedagogy. Working with Prof. André de Quadros while at Boston University, his editorial work has appeared in choral editions published by Carus Verlag, Germany; Earthsongs; and Hinshaw Music. He has traveled to Indonesia on several occasions where he has led workshops and adjudicated international chorus competitions.
Miguel Felipe is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the International Federation for Choral Music, and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.