Michael Charry has conducted widely in the U.S. and internationally. He was a member of the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra for nine years under George Szell and for two years after Szell’s death. He is on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music, in New York City, where he was head of orchestral studies and music director of the Mannes Orchestra. Coincidentally, in the 1940s, George Szell taught at both Mannes and the New School when they were independent institutions.
Mr. Charry studied piano and oboe at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in conducting from the Juilliard School of Music in the class of Jean Morel. He studied for four summers with world-renowned conductor Pierre Monteux at his school for conductors in Hancock, Maine, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Hamburg, Germany, with Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt.
Among Mr. Charry’s numerous orchestra and opera positions are assistant conductor and principal oboist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic; music director and conductor of the Canton (Ohio) and Nashville (Tennessee) Symphonies, and the Peninsula (Wisconsin) Music Festival; assistant conductor of the Santa Fe Opera, and principal guest conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic.
Guest conducting includes the Netherlands Opera, the Holland Festival, the New York City, San Francisco Spring, and Lake George Operas; the Pittsburgh, Louisville, San Antonio, and Syracuse Symphonies; the Swiss, Belgian BRT, and South African Radio Orchestras; and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico. He has conducted for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the José Limón Modern Dance Company on tours in the United States, Europe, South and Central America, and the Far East.
Widely sought after as a conducting teacher, Mr. Charry has taught privately for fifty years and besides Mannes, at the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Syracuse and Boston Universities, and for sixteen years was guest conductor of the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra.
The author of numerous articles on music, concert program notes, and liner notes for commercial CDs, the first biography of the conductor George Szell, George Szell: A Life of Music, published by the University of Illinois Press in June 2011, is Mr. Charry’s first book. Mr. Charry lives in New York City and Maine with his wife, Jane.