Accompanists

ACCOMPANIST - CHORALE

MICHAEL BECKER is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Towson University in Maryland, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.

While in Baltimore, Michael was the staff pianist at Colgate Baptist church, an accompanist for Towson University Opera Workshop, a keyboardist for the Maryland Arts Festival, and was on staff at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. During his time in Rochester, Michael was staff pianist at Browncroft Community Church, accompanied at Blackfriars Theatre, and was on staff at the Hochstein Music School. In the Boston area, Michael has worked as a pianist for the Boston Pops, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Suffolk University and Wellesley College, and has served at numerous area churches, including Calvary Baptist Church in Ashmont, Church of the Covenant in Boston, Old South Church in Boston, Somerville Community Church, St. Francis Chapel at the Prudential Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, and the United Methodist Church of Newton. Michael has also been a music director and piano instructor at Riverside Theatre Works.

Michael has been the accompanist of the Arlington-Belmont Chorale since January 2007. He is a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and is on the piano faculty of the All Newton Music School. Michael performs regularly with Urban Voices, an educational outreach program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and he accompanies the Singers, Youth Chorus, and Young Women’s Chorus of the Handel and Haydn Society.

ACCOMPANIST – CHAMBER CHORUS

JOSEPH TURBESSI is a versatile musician in the greater Boston area, maintaining a career as a solo pianist, organist, accompanist, and choral director. His piano playing has been described as an "independent, probing musical voice" with "clear and expressive, singing tone." He is particularly interested in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries and actively promotes the music of living composers.

As a solo pianist, Mr. Turbessi is a regular recitalist in greater Boston, and has presented solo recitals at the Boston Conservatory, the Jamaica Plain Concert Series, and Equilibrium Concerts. He has also participated as an ensemble member with the Michigan Recital Project, Juventas, and other Boston ensembles.

As a choral accompanist, Mr. Turbessi has worked with several important choirs and conductors in greater Boston, including Chorus Pro Musica, the Lorelei ensemble, the Harvard University Chorus, the MIT Concert Chorus and Chamber Chorus, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Boston Conservatory Women’s Choir.

Mr. Turbessi is also an accomplished organist and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. He currently serves as music director at the First Parish Church of Sherborn (UU).