Pictured above: Michelle Hynson
Michelle Hynson has performed with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee since 1989 as assistant conductor, accompanist, and soprano section leader. She has been active in Milwaukee as a pianist, soprano soloist, accompanist, composer, church musician, and voice teacher since 1981. She has performed extensively throughout the Midwest as a solo artist, singing with a wide range of notables, including Luciano Pavarotti and Mandy Patinkin.
As a concert pianist, Hynson has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on tour in Spain with the American Festival Orchestra. In October 2014, she was the premiere pianist for Bel Canto’s performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. She has performed in concert with area orchestras ranging from the Homestead Chamber Orchestra to the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Hynson has been the staff accompanist for the Homestead High School choral program since 2001, and regularly accompanies a large number of instrumentalists and singers.
In addition to her multi-facetted performing abilities, Hynson is a successful composer/arranger. Over four thousand Wisconsin students attended performances of her two original music theater compositions, Not Me, A.D., focusing on drug and alcohol prevention, and It’s Cool To Be Nice, dealing with middle-school social issues. She has published numerous choral arrangements through Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, and Lorenz Publishing Company. She shares the position of Minister of Music at the Mequon United Methodist Church with her husband, Richard Hynson, and teaches voice in her studio in Thiensville, WI. The Hynsons have five children and five grandchildren.
As an involved community member, Hynson volunteered at the YMCA for over 25 years, working with people stricken with MS. She recently completed her fifth 3-Day 60-Mile Komen Breast Cancer Walk, and is a vocal advocate for both MS and breast cancer research.