Conservatory Announces New Faculty Member Michael Hanley

April 24, 2015

Boston Conservatory is pleased to announce that Michael Hanley will join the music division beginning fall 2015. Hanley, an experienced educator, will be teaching musical theater voice and career skills classes.

“We are thrilled that Michael will be joining us next year,” said former Music Division Director Abra K. Bush, D.M.A. “He has a proven commitment to the entrepreneurial education of music and theater, and in addition to teaching studio voice, will be teaching the Conservatory's Career Skills for Musicians course in the spring 2016 semester.”

A native of Buffalo, NY, Hanley is rapidly establishing himself as a pedagogue in the field of musical theater voice, combining his experience as a classical singer and teacher into a well-rounded musical theater teaching style. His students have achieved success in a variety of musical genres, including musical theater, opera and television. His students have also gone on to perform with regional and professional theater companies including the Glimmerglass Festival, Pittsburgh CLO, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and NBC’s "The Voice." 

Hanley was most recently seen in the role of Schaunard as a guest artist with the Penn State Opera Theatre, as well as the role of James Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center in Aspen, CO. Additional credits include Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Top in Copland’s The Tender Land, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti and the title role in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. Hanley returns to the Aspen Music Festival in 2015 to perform the role of Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Hanley holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. in voice performance and pedagogy from Penn State University. He had the privilege to study under Kathryn Cowdrick, Richard Kennedy, W. Stephen Smith, Robert Swensen, and Mary Saunders-Barton (musical theater). From 2013–2015, Hanley served on the faculty of the Syracuse University Department of Drama and Setnor School of Music where he taught voice, voice for musical theater, and musicianship courses.