Originally from Palm City, Florida, Michael A. Ferrara is a versatile and eclectic musician, equally at home in such diverse roles as conducting symphonic repertoire and performing in musical theater and opera pit orchestras. Having studied trumpet performance at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Michael went on to study piano with Leon Fleisher student, Suzanne Newcomb at Otterbein University in Ohio—where he served as the founder of the school's new music ensemble, Red Noise, and produced, conducted and performed several multimedia events. Most recently, he completed the Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with faculty such as Harold Farberman, Joan Tower, Dawn Upshaw to name a few. As both an orchestral and a choral member, he has had the pleasure to work under conductors such as Leon Botstein, Jeffrey Malarsky, Adam Fischer, and James Bagwell spanning a wide range of orchestral literature. In addition to his choral, trumpet, piano and conducting experience, Michael has recently turned to music composition as another form of his musical output. Having composed and performed a handful of his own original compositions, Michael hopes to continue to explore this musical outlet. Currently he is residing in New York City and pursuing his career in music as a conductor and music director. His most recent credits include Music Director of William Finn’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at his first Equity theatre outside of Hartford, Connecticut as well as Assistant Conductor of String Orchestra of Brooklyn.