About the Conductor

Michael Wallace earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a minor in Secondary Education from Carroll University in 1979, and his Master of Science degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois in 1987. He first taught middle school band in Whitewater, WI, then continued his teaching career with the Bloomington Public Schools, from which he retired in 2017. In Bloomington, he worked with young musicians of all ages: elementary, middle school and high school. His assignments included the director of elementary, middle school bands and assistant of the high school band. He was awarded National Board Certification in Instrumental Music Education in 2009. In his service with the Bloomington Public Schools, he was chairman of the Fine Arts Department and was appointed to several other leadership teams at Bloomington Junior High School. He taught Instrumental Music Methods at Illinois Wesleyan University from 2017 to 2019. He also maintains a private studio of trombone students.

Michael is actively involved in the music of the Bloomington/Normal community. He is a 39 year member of the Bloomington/Normal Community Concert Band and has served as Music Director since 1990. He continues to work with adults and students in the community through his association with local theater groups. He has been musical director for several productions at Community Players, Heartland Theater, and Prairie Fire Theater. His musical directing credits include: West Side Story, A Little Night Music, A Little Shop of Horrors, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Rags, Into the Woods, Floyd Collins, Gypsy, My Fair Lady, and Chicago. Most recently, he was musical director for the Tri-Valley High School production of Working.