Internationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn festivals and for his creative work with children, Michael Burkhardt is in frequent demand as a choral clinician, organ recitalist and hymn festival leader.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Eastern Michigan University, he is cantor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, artistic director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble and artistic director of Hearts, Hands, and Voices, a worship and fine arts program for children, Grades 2–7. From 2001–2007 he served on the faculty of Carthage College (ELCA) in Kenosha, WI, as director of choral activities, college organist, and artist in residence. Prior to his appointment at Carthage, he was a faculty associate in organ at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Dr. Burkhardt is a graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. He earned his MM degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, and his DMA degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
He has performed and led seminars at both national and regional events for the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and the American Choral Directors Association. Since 2003, he has made six performance-teaching tours to South Korea and Singapore.
Dr. Burkhardt is author of Part-Singing Global Style, a resource focusing on sequential part-singing techniques in treble arrangements of global pieces, and author of Singing with Understanding, a curriculum utilizing the great hymns, folksongs and spirituals of the Church to share faith stories and to teach the elements of music and worship. He is composer of two settings of the Eucharistic liturgy, A New Song and Missa St. Andrew, as well as numerous organ improvisations, choral octavos and handbell compositions, available through MorningStar Music Publishers (St. Louis, MO), Choristers Guild (Dallas, TX) and Concordia Publishing House (St. Louis, MO).