Director of Choral Activities
Michael Hanawalt is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Wichita State University, where he conducts the Concert Chorale, the Women’s Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Prior to his appointment at Wichita State, Dr. Hanawalt served as Visiting Instructor in Music at St. Olaf College, where he conducted the Chapel Choir and the Viking Chorus.
Dr. Hanawalt is a founding member of the professional male vocal ensemble Cantus, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During his eleven-year tenure with Cantus, he performed over 500 concerts throughout North America and Europe, participated in over 200 educational outreach events, and recorded eleven CDs. He also served for six years as Cantus’ Executive Director, overseeing its growth through organizational management, fundraising and board development.
An active performer, Dr. Hanawalt is the recipient of several awards, including first place at the Schubert Club Vocal Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota, first place at the Thursday Musical Vocal Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota, and first place at Minnesota’s division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition in Collegeville, Minnesota. In 2011, Mr. Hanawalt sang the role of the Evangelist in J. S. Bach’s Weinachts-Oratorium with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
Dr. Hanawalt’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace” was premiered by the Michigan State University Women’s Chamber Ensemble at the National Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association in 2009. His arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne,” co-arranged with his wife, Justine Sasanfar, was premiered by the Michigan State University Women’s Glee Club in November of 2008. Both arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes. His arrangement of “Loch Lomond” is featured on Cantus’ CD Let Your Voice Be Heard and is published by the Niel A. Kjos Music Company.
Dr. Hanawalt holds a BM in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, an MM in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Choral Music Education from The Florida State University.
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