CONCERT ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR
A National Board Certified Educator, Michael Mascari has served as the Director of Orchestras at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in the City of Chicago since 2006. He is honored to have been selected as the 2019 state of Illinois nominee for the National Federation of High Schools Music Educator of the Year.
Mascari’s Whitney M. Young Chamber Orchestra has achieved international acclaim with performances in 2018 at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference (the first invitation for a Chicago Public School orchestra), in 2016 at Carnegie Hall, New York, and, more locally, at the 2012 Illinois Music Educators’ Association All-State Conference.
During the 2019-2020 school year, Mascari is engaging in two concurrent philosophical research projects, partnering with researchers from University of South Florida and Indiana University. He will co-present both projects at the National Association for Music Education National Conference in 2020. Topics explore applying Eastern philosophical concepts to the Western music classroom, and critical interculturalism as a framework for collaborative creativity between students of diverse backgrounds.
Michael Mascari holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teachers and mentors include Allen Tinkham, Louis Bergonzi, Frank Lestina, Deborah Confredo, Jack Ranney, Kathleen Horvath, Fred Stolzfus, John Heath, Bill Jastrow, and Michael Rogers.
On a Sunday morning, Mascari can be found at Church of Our Saviour in Lincoln Park where he serves, along with his wife, Cate, as the music minister for the church’s contemporary service. He is the proud father of two CYSO musicians, Ariana and Leith.