MICHAEL BECKER is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Towson University in Maryland, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.
While in Baltimore, Michael was the staff pianist at Colgate Baptist church, an accompanist for Towson University Opera Workshop, a keyboardist for the Maryland Arts Festival, and was on staff at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. During his time in Rochester, Michael was staff pianist at Browncroft Community Church, accompanied at Blackfriars Theatre, and was on staff at the Hochstein Music School. In the Boston area, Michael has worked as a pianist for the Boston Pops, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Suffolk University and Wellesley College, and has served at numerous area churches, including Calvary Baptist Church in Ashmont, Church of the Covenant in Boston, Old South Church in Boston, Somerville Community Church, St. Francis Chapel at the Prudential Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, and the United Methodist Church of Newton. Michael has also been a music director and piano instructor at Riverside Theatre Works.
Michael has been the accompanist of the Arlington-Belmont Chorale since January 2007. He is a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and is on the piano faculty of the All Newton Music School. Michael performs regularly with Urban Voices, an educational outreach program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and he accompanies the Singers, Youth Chorus, and Young Women’s Chorus of the Handel and Haydn Society.
DANIEL PADGETT - CHAMBER CHORUS ACCOMPANIST
DANIEL PADGETT enjoys an active and varied career in music. Frequently engaged as an accompanist and collaborative pianist throughout the Boston area, he is thrilled to be collaborating with the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus in this capacity. Spring of 2016 will see Daniel collaborating with Ronan Tynan, of famed singing group The Irish Tenors, for a recording and series of performances.
An accomplished improviser, he can be found playing in jazz combos during services at Old South Church in Copley Square and creating spontaneous piano compositions during services at other Boston-area churches. Daniel recently made his debut on iTunes and Spotify with the world premiere recording of Paul Sayed's set of piano miniatures Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon. His original compositions have been featured on Sirius XM satellite radio and in numerous podcasts. He also plays drums in Boston-based indie-rock band Whistle Jacket and writes his own singer-songwriter material. When not engaged in musical endeavors Daniel is invested in running JD Productions, a video production company with an emphasis on musical subjects featuring a talented all-high school staff.