Michael Shake became the sixth director of music for the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York in September 2019. At First Church, he shepherds the musical life of the community as a keyboardist, conductor, and team member, crafting weekly worship and cultivating broader worship and music opportunities for the Church. Michael previously served King of Glory Lutheran Church and Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas; and, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, hailed by USA TODAY as one of the “ten great places to be enthralled by heavenly music.” He is a solo and collaborative artist, and clinician for regional and national events, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, and the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival. He is a former dean of the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and currently chairs the Awards Committee for the New York City Chapter. Michael holds degrees in organ and sacred music from Emory University, and Erskine College, where he was the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
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