Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus Director and Conductor
Michael Hanawalt is Director of Choral Activities at Wichita State University, where he conducts the Concert Chorale, the Women’s Glee Club, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Dr. Hanawalt is also the Chorus Director for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Director of Music at University Congregational Church in Wichita. Prior to his appointment at Wichita State, he served as Visiting Instructor in Music at St. Olaf College, where he conducted the Chapel Choir and the Viking Chorus.
Dr. Hanawalt is a founding member of the professional male vocal ensemble Cantus, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During his eleven-year tenure with the organization, he recorded twelve CDs, participated in 200 educational outreach events, and performed in or oversaw the booking of over 500 concerts, including collaborations with the King's Singers, the Boston Pops, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He also served for six years as Cantus' Executive Director, overseeing its growth through organizational management, fundraising, and board development.
Active as a tenor soloist, Dr. Hanawalt is the winner of competitions held by the Schubert Club in Minneapolis, MN, Thursday Musical in St. Paul, MN, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Collegeville, MN. Recent past engagements include the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Weinachts-Oratorium with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, as well as tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Wichita Choral Society and Mozart's Requiem with Tarleton State University choirs and orchestra. Upcoming engagements include the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion with the Bethany College choirs and orchestra.
Dr. Hanawalt’s choral arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Colla Voce, and the Niel A. Kjos Music Company. His setting of "Amazing Grace" was premiered by the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble at the National Convention of the American Choral Director's Association in 2009. His arrangement of "Loch Lomond" is featured on the Cantus recording, Let Your Voice Be Heard, and was recently performed by the Florida All-State Men's Chorus.
Dr. Hanawalt holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, an M.M. in Choral Conduction from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from The Florida State University.