Dr. Steven Michelson founded the Helena Chamber Singers in September 1999 and has been the conductor and artistic director of HCS since then. He was the Director of Choirs at Helena High School for 21 years, from 1992 until his retirement in 2013, which followed 40 years in the teaching profession. At Helena High School, his auditioned mixed choir, Starlighters, and his auditioned women’s choir, Ambiance, performed several times at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and regional and national conferences of the Music Educators National Convention (MENC).
Before arriving in Helena, Dr.Michelson’s first teaching assignment was at Monte Vista High School in Danville, California (1971-1982). Following Monte Vista, he pursued a doctorate in choral music education at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona and received his DMA in Choral Music after two years of study there (1982-1984). After receiving his doctorate from ASU, he served as Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Michigan State University for six years (1984-1990) and then served as Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, for two years (1990-1992). Following his tenure at Murray State University, he moved to Montana and served as Director of Choi8rs at Helena High School (1992-2013). In 1994, at the request of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Dr. Michelson wrote a book for aspiring and current choir directors entitled Getting Started in High School Choir. The book is still available on amazon and through MENC, and has been used in college secondary choral methods classes in the preparation of future choir directors.