Michael Strauss joined Boston Conservatory in 1991 as a voice coach and teaches various courses in vocal studies, including German and Italian song repertoire, recitativo class , aria class, piano vocal duo class and drama in the score class.
Strauss has given master classes throughout Greater Boston, including MIT and has been heard in recital at various Boston venues including the Museum of Fine Arts and the French Library WGBH radio, and as well as in New York at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. He has also been a pianist with Boston Music Theater, touring Europe, including concerts at the embassies in Brussels, Paris, and in Russia at both the Spaso House and Rachmaninoff Hall.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa where he studied piano performance at the University of Capetown with a BMUS where he was awarded the Sunny Cohen prize for music, he subsequently movied to Johannesburg where he taught piano, chamber music, and was the head vocal coach and chorusmaster of the Opera Department of Wits University. As a performer, Strauss was a frequent soloist and accompanist on radio and television and has also been the featured concerto soloist with all the main orchestras of the country.
Strauss is currently also on the faculty of New Engalnd Conservatory where he currently serves as vocal coach for the graduate opera program, giving classes, music directing scenes programs and coaching the mainstage operas.
Since 2011, he has served as the music director of the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany; based in Kiefersfelden and Munich, this summer program offers intensive operatic training for young emerging artists both from the US and abroad.