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Michael Coelho

Michael Coelho
Master of Music in Music Education

Michael H Coelho, M.Ed is the Director of Orchestras for the Ipswich public schools (in Massachusetts) where he is responsible for six ensembles ranging from grades 6-12. Synthesizing traditional orchestral performance with a modern approach, Coelho’s unique educational methods and conducting frequently lead his ensembles to statewide and national recognition.

In 2017 Coelho’s Honors High School Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony for Strings at Carnegie Hall to which they were expressly complimented by four of the country’s leading conductors; Frank Battisti, New England Conservatory; Craig Kirchhoff, Univ of MN; Robert Reynolds, Thornton School of Music at USC; and Charles Peltz, New England Conservatory.

Mr. Coelho is often seen as adjudicator, manager and conductor for district festivals throughout the state of Massachusetts, for which he has been a member and volunteer for over ten years. In 2018 Coelho had the honor of serving as the first conducting fellow for the Cape Ann Symphony, a professional regional orchestra located in Northeastern Massachusetts where he conducted alongside Yoichi Udagawa and lead the pre-concert lecture series.

In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Coelho and the Ipswich High School chamber orchestra collaborated with the voices of hope adult choir and the Massachusetts General Hospital to record a video performance to contribute to the cancer center’s annual fundraising gala. Mr. Coelho arranged the composition, edited the audio for the choir and orchestra, and worked with the director in producing the 6 minute film which added to the collective efforts of raising over 1.1 million for the cancer center. Mr. Coelho was later recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the Fenway Bowl Honor Roll recipients for outstanding teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to educating, conducting, and arranging, Mr. Coelho enjoys an active freelance career in both violin and viola. He has performed for notable artists including the Hanson Brothers, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, and Josh Groban throughout the east coast and has performed at venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.