Michael Fili, D.M.A. Headshot

Academic Area

  • Theory and Composition
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Michael Fili is a Washington, DC based musician whose work supports the promotion and live performance of contemporary classical music. An award-winning composer, Michael’s music has been recognized by organizations including Chanticleer, Chorosynthesis, the International Federation for Choral Music, and Westminster Choir College. Highlights of recent seasons include performances of his work in Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, and the United Kingdom.

    Michael is co-founder and Artistic Director of StageFree, a chamber music collective that supports the work of composers and performers with ties to the DC region. In its first few seasons, StageFree has programmed the work of nearly two-dozen DC area composers in concerts that provide opportunities for audiences, composers, and performers to engage with local new music. Michael also served as the 2018-2019 Artistic Director of TEMPO, the University of Maryland’s new music ensemble. Under Michael’s direction, the seven-concert season included twelve premieres, performances of work by major living composers, a concert of music by Maryland composers, and a portrait concert premiering two of Michael Post’s visual/aural Color Music Pieces.

    An active professional chorister, Michael has performed with many of the world’s prominent ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin State Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philadelphia Orchestra, Phillip Glass Ensemble, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony under conductors including Teddy Abrams, John Adams, Marin Alsop, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Andrew Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Kurt Masur, Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Jeannette Sorrell, Michael Tilson Thomas, Helmuth Rilling, and Donald Runnicles. Michael is a staff singer for The Washington Chorus and the Choirs of St. Paul’s, K Street, and he regularly performs throughout the DC region.

    Michael holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maryland, and Westminster Choir College, where his primary teachers included Leonardo Balada, Joel Phillips, and Mark Wilson, composition; Marsha Randall and Charles Walker, voice; and Robert Page, conducting. Michael is a member of the music faculty at Howard University where he teaches courses in music theory and composition, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America. Michael was previously on the music theory faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory, and he maintains a private studio teaching composition and music theory in Washington, DC.  www.michaelfili.com.