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Michael Messina  

Trinity Church -

Indianapolis, IN


Michael Messina is the Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church and Organist of St. Richard's School, Indianapolis. Since his earliest days as a chorister, Michael has been making music in the church; he held his first church position at the age of sixteen in Kansas City. Michael continued his choral training in high school and then at Saint Olaf College, where he sang in the Saint Olaf Choir and was graduated magna cum laude with the BMus degree in Church Music. He holds MMus and DMA degrees in Organ and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.


At Trinity, Michael has developed a mixed intergenerational choir that has made two pilgrimages to England, singing daily services at Winchester, Chichester, Bristol and Durham cathedrals. In 2003 Michael founded Meridian Vocal Consort with countertenor Steven Rickards. He currently serves as President of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and has taught and administered the Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations in the Diocese of Indianapolis.


Michael also has seventeen years experience serving Reform Jewish congregations, and is the Choir Director at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. He has served as Dean of the Rochester chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and Treasurer of the Indianapolis chapter. In 1996, he competed as one of seven semifinalists in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the AGO. Michael is often seen at Trinity with his famous Shih Tzu companion, Norbu.

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