Michael Kessler graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music in 2011.
He has performed in productions of The Saint of Bleecker Street, Orpheus in the Underworld, La Vie Parisienne, Florencia en el Amazonas, the Grapes of Wrath, and Il Viaggio a Reims, and Dido and Aeneas. He also appeared as Pilatus in Bach’s St. John Passion and as Il Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
After graduating, he worked as the Assistant Choir Director at Clear Brook High School for five years. He is now in his second year as the Head Director at Pearland High School where his choirs routinely receive Sweepstakes and Best in Class awards.
Michael remains an active singer in the Houston community. He regularly sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus. Most recently, he performed as a baritone soloist in the world premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Conquest Requiem with the Houston Symphony.
When Michael isn’t singing or teaching, he enjoys reading, playing with his cats and dog, and playing competitive billiards.
Recent appearances with Mercury include An Early English Christmas and A French Baroque Christmas.