The Celebration Singers are pleased to welcome Brian Clissold as the Artistic and Adult Choir director as of our Fall 2014 season. Brian has an extensive background in conducting and singing. Having lead choirs and orchestras for two decades, his expertise is in conducting community and children’s choirs. Brian served the Music Center of South Central Michigan as conductor of both the Battle Creek Girls’ Chorus and Community Chorus. Clissold has also lead the Lebanon Regional Choir of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, the Vivace Youth Singers of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony, and numerous church choirs. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University, and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Butler University, Clissold has worked with noted conductors Craig Arnold, Henry Leck, and Eric Stark, as well as composers such as James Mulholland, Ola Gjeilo, and Sir David Willcocks.
Brian is currently a member of the Manhattan Chorale, a New York City based professional ensemble. Clissold has sung numerous roles in oratorios, masses, and operas. He has appeared frequently with the Battle Creek (MI) Symphony Orchestra and Butler University (IN) Symphony and served as a clinician and teacher for many years. Having been raised in a musical family, he shares his passion for music with his wife Abbi and their three children.
Michelle “Misha” Williams is delighted to be the director of the Children’s Choir and the Middle C’s for The Celebration Singers. Michelle attended Westminster Choir College, where she sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, the Grammy nominated Williamson Voices, and the prestigious Westminster Choir. After obtaining her bachelors degree in music education, Misha followed her passion of working with children as an elementary music teacher in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Under her directorship, the Lynn Crest Chorus has performed at numerous township events and has sung the national anthem for the Mets twice. In her spare time, Michelle uses her extensive training as a soprano vocalist to participate in various choral opportunities as well as musical theater productions. Misha also enjoys teaching Music Together classes in the Middlesex area spreading her joy for music to new parents and young children. Misha is beyond excited to have the opportunity to work with The Celebration Singers.