Dr. Michael Martin
Associate Professor of Music; Director, Choral Activities and Music Education
B.M.Ed., M.M., University of Maine; Ph.D., Kent State University
Professional Teaching Certificates:
NH Experienced Educator License – EdID#57238
NC Standard Profession I License – Code 84 – 00800 – Music Grades K-12
Dr. Michael D. Martin hails from the great state of Maine. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Maine. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in choral education through Kent State University, Kent, OH. He has taught in grades 4-12, in the capacity of choral, instrumental, and orchestral education positions throughout ME, NH and MA. He has received recognition as a teacher and conductor, having been the recipient of several teaching awards, serving as a guest conductor, vocal clinician, and as a judge for several New England, Midwestern, and East Coast festivals. His past student performing ensembles (SATB, SSAA, TTBB) have received both regional and national awards for their performances.
Dr. Martin has also enjoyed a rich involvement in conducting community choral groups in NH and ME. In 2001, he created a semi-professional chorus, The New Vocal Collective, in central New Hampshire recording one compact disc. He also conducted the Portland Downeasters, a Portland, ME based barbershop chorus, which became one of the top four choruses in the Northeastern District in 2002-2004. He received national attention with his championship barbershop quartet The Management (1986-2003) by touring New England schools in support of music programs. For this work promoting youth involvement in music, the quartet shared the National Education Service Award sponsored by NAfME and the Barbershop Harmony Society. He also received distinction as the recipient of Distinguished Choral Director of the Year from the Maine Chapter of ACDA. Presently, he is in his 8th season as the Artistic Director of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers in Fayetteville, NC. He was also made the director of the Cross Creek Chorale, a brand new audition-only chorus in Cumberland County.
His current college groups are in constant demand for performances throughout North Carolina and the southeast. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities, Director of Music Education and Coordinator of Fine Arts Management at Methodist University, where he conducts the MU Chorale, Chamber Singers, and “The Noblemen” (Men’s chorus). The MU Chorale, has toured from the Northeast to the mid-Atlantic and southeastern US. Recently, the group returned from a very successful four-country tour of Europe.