Michael C. Haigler (AAGO)

Michael C. Haigler is a conductor of choral, orchestral, opera, and church music, a frequent organ and piano recitalist, published author and composer, vocal coach, and teacher.  He holds a magna cum laude performance degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with pianists Barry Snyder and Anton Nel, and conductors David Effron, Donald Hunsberger, and Donald Neuen, and is an alumnus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and International Fine Arts Institute.  He currently serves as Music Director at Christ Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island, home to the Christ Church Festival Orchestra with which he has conducted masterworks such as Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, Brahms, and Rutter, and symphonies such as Mendelssohn's Italian, Beethoven's Ninth, and Mahler's Resurrection (complete).  He also conducts regularly with the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York, the Bronx Opera Company, and at Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theater festival, which he helped found in 2004.  Other recent credits include Atlanta Opera, Sarasota Opera, (FL) the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, Virginia Opera, Knoxville Opera (TN), and Cartersville Opera (GA).  In 2001 he was a North American finalist in the Maazel-Vilar International Conducting Competition, and has also won many awards as a pianist, including the Atlanta Steinway Society competition, and state and regional divisions of MTNA’s Yamaha Competition.  As an accomplished, eqaully at home with improvisation and standard repertoire, he became and Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) in 2015, achieving the highest score in the nation on the written portion of the certification exam.  Mr. Haigler was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives in Manhattan with his wife, pianist Arielle Levioff.

Samples below include examples as an organist and choral conductor/choirmaster.

Many other samples are found on the meda page.

VIRTUAL CHOIR VIDEOS:

Links to Virtual Choir Videos can be found HERE, including:

 Treble Choir:

   Britten: "This Little Babe", from Ceremony of Carols (Dec., 2020)

   L. J. White: Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester (November 2020)

 Adult Choir:

  Barry McLeod: Psalm 47 (Ascension 2021)

  Grayston Ives: Listen Sweet Dove (Pentecost 2021)
  Randall Thompson: Alleluia (Easter 2021)
  Orlando Gibbons: O Lord, In Thy Wrath (Lent 2021)

  Charles Wood: Hail Gladdening Light (Presentation 2021)

  S.S. Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him In Peace (September 2020)

  Anon (16th Cent.): Rejoice in the Lord Alway (October 2020)

  Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me (May 2020)


 

 

CHOIR AUDIO:

Treble Choir:

Adult Choir:

TREBLE CHOIR Anthem: "Deo Gracias", from A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten)

From a A Festival of Lessons and Carols, December 15, 2019

Christ Church Treble Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor

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TREBLE CHOIR Anthem: "My Master Hath a Garden" (Leo Sowerby)

Sunday Morning Worship, September 24, 2017

Christ Church Treble Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor

TREBLE CHOIR Anthem: "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" (Geoffry Shaw)

Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 22, 2018

Christ Church Treble Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor

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CHORAL EVENSONG at Christ Church, Oyster Bay (complete service) - see music list below

Sunday, February 2, 2020 -- Christ Church Adult Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor/organ   (Click progress bar below)

    ↓Hymn   ↓Preces & Psalm             ↓Magnificat          ↓Nunc        ↓Responses                       ↓Anthem                       ↓Hymn      ↓Voluntary

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Voluntary          Chorale Prelude: "Mit Fried und Freud..."       J. S. Bach (1685-1750)*

Opening Hymn 259 "Hail to the Lord who comes to his temple gate"  Old 120th

Versicles and Responses                                                    Bernard Rose (1916-1996)

Psalm 84                                                                   Charles H. H. Parry (1848-1918)

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis                                              John Ireland (1879-1962)

Anthem "Hail Gladdening Light"                                   Charles Wood (1866-1926)

Closing Hymn  257               “O Zion, open wide thy gates”                   Edmonton

Voluntary                               Toccata in G minor                           Michael C. Haigler

*Note: The Christ Church organ was out of commission during renovation

of the stained glass windows. The organs heard are part of the temporary

digital organ provided by Meta Organworks.

CHORAL ANTHEM: Magnificat, from Service in C major, Op 115 (Charles Villiers Stanford)

From a Candlemas Evensong at Christ Church, Oyster Bay (Sunday, February 7, 2016)

Christ Church Adult Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor/organ

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CHORAL ANTHEM: Nunc dimittis, from Service in C major, Op 115 (Charles Villiers Stanford)

From a Candlemas Evensong at Christ Church, Oyster Bay (Sunday, February 7, 2016)

Christ Church Adult Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor/organ

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CHORAL ANTHEM: "How Lovely is your Dwelling" (from Brahms' German Requiem)

From a Candlemas Evensong at Christ Church, Oyster Bay (Sunday, February 7, 2016)

Jennifer Miceli, flute       Arielle Levioff, piano      Michael C. Haigler, conductor   (original flute part by Michael C. Haigler)

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CHOIR ANTHEM : Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee (Richard Proulx)

The Christ Church Adult Choir, Michael C. Haigler, conductor

Recorded at Sunday morning service at Christ Church (September 21, 2014)

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CHORAL ANTHEM: All Things Bright And Beautiful (John Rutter)  (original flute part by Michael C. Haigler)

From an Evensong service at Christ Church, Oyster Bay (Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4pm)

The Christ Church Adult Choir     Michael C. Haigler, conductor     Amber Maly, flute

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Congregational hymns:

CONGREGATIONAL HYMN : "Lord, you give the great commission"

(tune: Hyfrydol; descant and brass parts by M.C.Haigler)

Recorded at Christ Church's Tricentennial celebration (April 24, 2005 at 10am)

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CONGREGATIONAL HYMN : "I am the bread of life"

(piano improvisation, instrumental parts, and final harmony by Michael C. Haigler)

Recorded at Christ Church's Easter Sunday morning service (April 4, 2010 at 10am)   Michael C. Haigler, piano and organ

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ORGAN SOLO:
 

J.S. Bach "Dorian" Toccata, BWV 538

(Recorded Sept. 11, 2020 at the Portageville Chapel, in Portageville, NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Audio:

ORGAN SOLO: Bach: Fugue in D major (BWV 532)  Honoring the life of Hellmuth Wolff (1937-2013)

First performed Nov. 20, 2013, shortly after the death of Hellmuth Wolff, this interpretation was presented to honor

his life, and features as many as possible of the different sounds of his fine Opus 30 organ at Christ Church in Oyster Bay.

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ORGAN SOLO: Bach: The "Little" Fugue in G minor

A practice session, highlighting the capabilities of the two manual Schantz organ at

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia.

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ORGAN SOLO/COMPOSITION: Haigler: Toccata in G minor

A practice session, highlighting the capabilities of the Schantz organ at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia.

This piece is dedicated to Mary Ann Knight, my late mentor and friend.  May it represent a touch of her fire and energy.

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