Michael Scott Giuliani
Michael Scott Giuliani is Cantor (the historic Lutheran term for Director of Music) at Bethany Lutheran Church & School in Naperville, IL. Prior to coming to Bethany, he served as a church music in various settings throughout Illinois and South Carolina. He studied piano as an undergraduate student with Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich at North Park University, and received the Master of Church Music in Organ degree from Concordia University Chicago where he studied church music with Jonathan Kohrs, organ with Dr. Steven Wente, and piano with Kuang-Hao Huang. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Christian Worship.
A sought-after collaborative pianist of unique versatility, Giuliani's musical endeavors have taken him across the United States and Europe. He is the collaborative pianist and organist for the acclaimed St. Charles Singers under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Hunt, the accompanist for the top girls choirs of the Young Naperville Singers under the direction of Angie Johnson, and the choral accompanist at North Central College under the direction of Dr. Mona Wis. Additionally, he regularly accompanies amateur and professional soloists and ensembles around the Chicagoland area. In the past, 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. As a conductor, 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, and 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. To this end, he founded and is the Director of The J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School (aka "The Bach Academy"), a community music school serving the Naperville community through a variety of programs in music education. He is an active instructor of piano and organ in Naperville, IL, where he resides with his wife Agnes, a gifted violinist, and their three children, Lucien, Eloise, and Adeline.