MICHAEL SCOTT GIULIANI, Piano
Michael Scott Giuliani is Cantor at Bethany Lutheran Church & School in Naperville, IL. Previously, he has served as a Director of Music and liturgical musician in various settings throughout Illinois and South Carolina. He studied piano with Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich at North Park University, and is currently a Master of Church Music candidate at Concordia University Chicago where he studies organ with Dr. Steven Wente and piano with Kuang-Hao Huang.
An active and sought-after collaborative pianist and conductor of unique versatility, Giuliani's musical endeavors have taken him across the United States and Europe. Among various positions, he has served as pianist and organist for Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass, an internationally renowned sacred brass ensemble, pianist for the North Park University Choir and Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth, and as a collaborative pianist at Charleston Southern University. He has conducted (or prepared choirs for collaborative performances) numerous choral-orchestral works, including Gloria by John Rutter, Messiah by G.F. Handel, Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns, The Chariot Jubilee by R. Nathaniel Dett, Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi for the Colour of Music Festival, and most recently Requiem by W.A. Mozart for Edward Higginbottom, conductor of the Choir of New College, Oxford. He is the past Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Spiritual Ensemble, an a cappella choir with which he now serves as an associate conductor. He has been featured in Charleston's annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival as both an organist with the Taylor Festival Choir on the festival's Spotlight Concert Series, and as a conductor of the CSO Spiritual Ensemble in a concert highlighting the African-American spiritual settings of composer R. Nathaniel Dett at the historic Citadel Square Baptist Church.
Giuliani has a passion for music education, believing that a comprehensive music education is not a luxury, but a necessity for all human beings. He is an active private instructor of piano and music theory in Naperville, IL, where he resides with his wife Agnes, a gifted violinist, and their three children, Lucien, Eloise, and Adeline.