About MOS

Since its inception in 1989, The Michael O’Neal Singers (MOS) organization has established itself as one of the finest symphonic choruses in the Southeastern United States.

Ranging in experience from dedicated amateur musicians to veteran professionals, MOS is composed of a chorus of over 140 auditioned voices and Kaleidoscope, a chamber ensemble of 36 voices. Based in Roswell since 1992, MOS provides the north metropolitan Atlanta community with choral presentations of artistic excellence and programmatic variety. Engaging, educating, and enriching north-Atlanta singers and audiences with compelling choral experiences that are innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational are hallmarks of the MOS philosophy. One of the most unique aspects of MOS is its commitment to innovative programming that extends beyond classical masterworks and sacred and secular choral music to genres such as Bluegrass, musical theater, jazz standards, opera, and rock ‘n’ roll. MOS programs have featured nationally known soloists and guest artists, as well as collaborations with other local arts organizations.

Now in its thirty-second season, The Michael O’Neal Singers has established a reputation for choral excellence that extends throughout the United States and abroad, as subscription series performances, concert tours, and a growing discography have received acclaim from audience members and music critics alike. The full chorus has produced 20 recordings and has performed in some of the most notable venues in the world, receiving high accolades for artistic merit and crowd-pleasing programming. These venues include Carnegie Hall in New York; the historic St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland; St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London; as well as the Parisian landmarks of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. International concert tours have included performances in Austria, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. In addition, performances by The Michael O’Neal Singers are frequently played on Atlanta’s classical music radio station WABE-90.1 FM and Georgia Public Radio.

Outreach programs are an integral component of the MOS organization. Believing that music is essential to the human spirit, MOS strives to provide choral music experiences beyond the concert hall. Examples of several recent projects include “MOS Remembers”, which involved compiling and distributing a free CD of well-known and favorite songs performed during MOS live concerts to anyone unable to attend concerts in person, free live-streamed MOS concerts, and the distribution of DVDs of selected MOS concerts to senior living facilities in the greater Atlanta community.

The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers program was established in 2005. Over 175 non-auditioned singers register for the summer program each season, two-thirds of whom, on average, are non-regular MOS members. This program consists of six rehearsals throughout the summer months, culminating in an August performance.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MOS has been a leader in the development and implementation of online choral experiences that have included participants from 25 states and six countries. MOS ONLINE engages choral singers virtually via YouTube video warmups, vocal technique exercises, rehearsals, performances, and Zoom social interaction.

Michael O'Neal
Founder & Artistic Director

Michael O’Neal

Dr. Michael O’Neal is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Michael O’Neal Singers. He is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in choral music, with an established reputation as a conductor, tenor soloist and educator.

He received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Murray State University (KY), the Doctor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and has guided MOS since its inception in 1989 with his vision for attaining the highest standards of choral excellence. His enthusiasm for the impact of choral music on the lives of both singers and listeners is shared with the audience through entertaining and informative commentary during performances, as well as through the music itself.

Dr. O’Neal has conducted over seventy major choral/orchestral masterworks, and his choirs have performed at such places as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, and the Haydn Festival in Austria. O’Neal has appeared as guest conductor and clinician throughout the eastern United States and was conductor of World Choir ’94, which was featured on the national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning. In May 2000, Dr. O’Neal made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall, directing a choir comprised of 150 singers from The Michael O’Neal Singers and the Roswell UMC Sanctuary Choir joined by professional soloists and orchestra for a performance of Schubert’s Mass in G. In July 2000, he conducted the Irish premiere of Mary McAuliffe’s Return to Old Ireland at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. During the summer of 2002 O’Neal served as Co-conductor of the British-American Church Music Festival in Great Britain, which included performances at Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and Edinburgh’s St. Giles Cathedral. In 2006 he was honored as the first recipient of the Distinguished Performing Artist award presented by the Roswell Cultural Arts Board. He was named Lexus Leader of the Arts by Public Broadcasting Atlanta for the month of August 2006. In July 2008 he served as Artistic Director of the International Methodist Festival in England. Also in 2008 he led members of MOS in three performances at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy and returned to conduct at the Festival in July 2011. He led The Michael O’Neal Festival Chorus in performances in Spain in May 2014, in Austria in June 2016, and in Ireland in May 2018.

Dr. O’Neal’s solo career has included opera and oratorio performances in Italy and Belgium and appearances on National Public Radio and the Armed Forces Radio Network. He performed on five occasions as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Robert Shaw and was a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France for two seasons. His work with Shaw evoked the following accolade: “Michael O’Neal possesses fine musicianship, a good sense of style, familiarity with good vocal and choral sound, and a personal integrity and devotion to music. Though personally talented, he always manages to see that the music comes first.”

Most recently, Dr. O’Neal’s creative vision for engaging choral singers virtually via YouTube video warmups, vocal technique exercises, rehearsals, and performances has served as a model for how choristers around the world can continue to be involved in singing during pandemic times. MOS ONLINE has attracted hundreds of singers from 25 states and five countries.

Dr. O’Neal taught at the university level for 20 years and served as a church musician for over 40 years. O’Neal and his wife, Dr. Judy O’Neal, have two children and three grandchildren.

Michael O'Neal
Founder & Artistic Director

Michael O’Neal

Dr. Michael O’Neal is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Michael O’Neal Singers. He is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in choral music, with an established reputation as a conductor, tenor soloist and educator.

He received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Murray State University (KY), the Doctor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and has guided MOS since its inception in 1989 with his vision for attaining the highest standards of choral excellence. His enthusiasm for the impact of choral music on the lives of both singers and listeners is shared with the audience through entertaining and informative commentary during performances, as well as through the music itself.

Dr. O’Neal has conducted over seventy major choral/orchestral masterworks, and his choirs have performed at such places as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, and the Haydn Festival in Austria. O’Neal has appeared as guest conductor and clinician throughout the eastern United States and was conductor of World Choir ’94, which was featured on the national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning. In May 2000, Dr. O’Neal made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall, directing a choir comprised of 150 singers from The Michael O’Neal Singers and the Roswell UMC Sanctuary Choir joined by professional soloists and orchestra for a performance of Schubert’s Mass in G. In July 2000, he conducted the Irish premiere of Mary McAuliffe’s Return to Old Ireland at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. During the summer of 2002 O’Neal served as Co-conductor of the British-American Church Music Festival in Great Britain, which included performances at Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and Edinburgh’s St. Giles Cathedral. In 2006 he was honored as the first recipient of the Distinguished Performing Artist award presented by the Roswell Cultural Arts Board. He was named Lexus Leader of the Arts by Public Broadcasting Atlanta for the month of August 2006. In July 2008 he served as Artistic Director of the International Methodist Festival in England. Also in 2008 he led members of MOS in three performances at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy and returned to conduct at the Festival in July 2011. He led The Michael O’Neal Festival Chorus in performances in Spain in May 2014, in Austria in June 2016, and in Ireland in May 2018.

Dr. O’Neal’s solo career has included opera and oratorio performances in Italy and Belgium and appearances on National Public Radio and the Armed Forces Radio Network. He performed on five occasions as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Robert Shaw and was a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France for two seasons. His work with Shaw evoked the following accolade: “Michael O’Neal possesses fine musicianship, a good sense of style, familiarity with good vocal and choral sound, and a personal integrity and devotion to music. Though personally talented, he always manages to see that the music comes first.”

Most recently, Dr. O’Neal’s creative vision for engaging choral singers virtually via YouTube video warmups, vocal technique exercises, rehearsals, and performances has served as a model for how choristers around the world can continue to be involved in singing during pandemic times. MOS ONLINE has attracted hundreds of singers from 25 states and five countries.

Dr. O’Neal taught at the university level for 20 years and served as a church musician for over 40 years. O’Neal and his wife, Dr. Judy O’Neal, have two children and three grandchildren.

Staff

Board of Directors

  • Clay Hales, Chair
  • Walt Bryde
  • David Cameron
  • Mary Griffin
  • Lisa Gundersen
  • Lee Herring
  • Peter Hildebrandt
  • Allan Kennedy
  • Bill Newton
  • Michael O’Neal
  • Glenn Rosenkoetter
  • Glenda Sullivan
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