Michael Kaish

Music Director, Accompanist, Orchestrator



NEW YORK
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Music Assistant
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Dir. Des McAnuff/MD Ron Melrose
Stranger Sings! The Unauthorized Parody
Music Director/Orchestrator
Feinstein's at 54 Below
Dir. Jonathan Hogue
NATIONAL TOUR
Jersey Boys
Music Director/Conductor (2019-2020)
Associate Conductor/Key 2 (2018-2019)
Dodgers Theatricals
Dir. Des McAnuff/MD Ron Melrose
REGIONAL
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Music Assistant
La Jolla Playhouse
Dir. Des McAnuff/MD Ron Melrose
Ride the Cyclone
Associate Music Director/ Conductor/Keyboard
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Dir. Rachel Rockwell/MD Doug Peck
Company
Assistant Music Director/ Conductor
Writers Theatre
Dir. William Brown/MD Tom Vendafreddo
Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
Assistant Music Director/ Conductor
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
MD Michael Querio
Tarzan
Music Director/Conductor
NightBlue Performing Arts
Dir. Kevin Bellie
Into the Woods
Additional Orchestrations
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Dir. Amanda Dehnert
Annie Get Your Gun
Director
Thunder Bay Theatre
West Side Story
Music Director
Thunder Bay Theatre
Dir. Jeffrey Mindock
Mamma Mia
Keyboard 3
Paramount Theatre
Dir. Jim Corti/MD Tom Vendafreddo
The Addams Family
Assistant Music Director/ Conductor/Keyboard 1
Mercury Theatre
Dir. Walter Stearns/MD Eugene Dizon
Sweeney Todd
Assistant Music Director/Piano 2/Associate Conductor
Porchlight Music Theatre
Dir. Michael Weber/MD Doug Peck
Sense and Sensibility
Music Assistant
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Dir. Barbara Gaines/MD Laura Bergquist
The Secret Garden
Assistant Music Director
Court Theatre
Dir. Charlie Newell/MD Doug Peck
The Jungle Book
Copyist
Goodman Theatre
Dir. Mary Zimmerman/MD Doug Peck
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
National High School Institute, Evanston, IL - Music Direction Faculty (2013-Present)
Columbia College Chicago - Guest Music Director for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Chicago Academy of the Arts - Guest Music Director for Nine, A Little Night Music, Seussical
EDUCATION/TRAINING
Northwestern University, Class of 2014 - B.A. in Theatre
-Music Direction/ Orchestration: Ryan T. Nelson
-Sound: John Horvath
AWARDS
2014 Bernard Dobrowski Award for Orchestration - For work on three Waa-Mu shows
2013 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards - Arrangement of "Cosmic Love" for X-Factors A Cappella nominated for Best Mixed Collegiate Song
SKILLS
-Piano, Accompanying, and Solo Performance
-Excellent Sight Reader
-Extensive Experience with Finale and Mainstage Software
-Very Fast Transcriber
-Basic Accordion