Jo-Michael Scheibe, DMA
Artistic Director and Conductor
Scheibe has served as Artistic Director of the Master Chorale of South
Florida since its inception in October 2003. First named conductor of
the Florida Philharmonic Chorus in 2000, Dr. Scheibe has been known
for his work with community, church, university and school choruses
for more than 30 years.
Dr. Scheibe is Professor and Program Director of Choral Studies at
the University of Miami, where he conducts the Frost Chorale, coordinates
the choral program, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting.
Ensembles under his leadership have sung at state, regional, and national
conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music
Educators National Conference, as well as in various performances with
artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Marvis Martin,
Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina and Kenny Loggins. The Frost Chorale
appeared at the 1997 ACDA National Convention in San Diego, the 2003
ACDA National Convention in New York City and the 2007 ACDA National
Convention in Miami.
Dr. Scheibe is widely recognized for his work with contemporary choral
literature, new music commissions and young composers. Walton, Colla
Voce Music and Santa Barbara distribute his Choral Series internationally.
His ensembles are recorded on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, ARSIS and ANS
Dr. Scheibe founded the Long Beach Master Chorale and the Los Angeles-based
semi-professional ensemble Abend Kammer Chor. He has prepared choruses
for Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson
Thomas, Jahja Ling, Edoardo Müller, Franz Welser-Möst, James
Judd, Max Valdez, Thomas Sanderling and Alain Lombard. Dr. Scheibe was
the Director of Music Ministries at Coral Gables Congregational Church,
where he conducted the Chancel Choir and Vocal Ensemble.
Dr. Scheibe received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State
University at Long Beach, and his DMA from the University of Southern
California. Before coming to the University of Miami, he was Director
of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Dr. Scheibe
is an active member in the American Choral Directors Association and
has served as Western Division President and National Repertoire and
Standards Chairperson. He is a member of Chorus America, The International
Federation of Choral Music and several other professional and education
organizations. He is in frequent demand internationally as a clinician,
conductor, and adjudicator.
These are Dr. Scheibes final performances with the Master Chorale
of South Florida. He has been appointed Chair of Choral and Sacred Music
at the University of Southern California, a post he will assume in the
fall of 2008.
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