Meet Our Music Director

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Commitment to Music

I came to FPC in 2004. Having grown up in a Christian home with ministers and missionaries on both sides of my family, being involved in church and church leadership/ministry feels very “normal” and is something I enjoy. One reason I continue to serve FPC is because of the people. The congregation is vital, friendly and filled with talented, caring people. Another reason I continue to serve FPC is their interest and commitment to its music ministry, which is diverse in terms of styles and participation of adult choirs, children’s choir, bell choir, pipe organ, and occasional “praise band” with the minister playing bass. I also love the beautiful, historic sanctuary and the traditional worship style we tend to follow while integrating any number of modern elements to our service.

If you’ve never visited FPC, I encourage you to come and listen, worship and perhaps find a home in our Music Ministry.

Dr. Michael Davis, Director of Music

More About Michael

In addition to his role as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Michael has been Assistant Artistic Director for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir since 2002. Other musical endeavors include playing piano with Smooth Country in Nashville, Ind., and guitar at the Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia, primarily with his swing quintet The Pithy Oddfellows.  Michael also serves as Vice President of Corporate Training and Product Development for Salin Bank.

Michael’s former conducting positions include director/producer of the critically acclaimed Ball State University Singers, “Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors,” as well as founder/conductor of Das Neue Kapellorchester and Cantabile!, artistic director of Westminster Orchestra, associate conductor of the Ball State Chamber Choir, and assistant conductor for Indianapolis Arts Chorale.

Having first performed at Carnegie Hall with Robert Shaw in the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in 1997, he has regularly been involved in the Professional Training Workshops presented by Carnegie Hall, where he has also performed with notable conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Neville Marriner, Andre Previn, Robert Spano, John Rutter, Vance George, Donald Neuen, James Conlon and Peter Shreier. He made his New York City conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with Manchester College’s A Cappella Choir in 2001. In addition to degrees in conducting and vocal performance, Michael holds the Doctor of Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Ball State University. Michael has served as a professor of music at Manchester College and Ball State University.