director and organist from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who attended The
Curtis Institute of Music, concentrating on conducting.
In 1971, he started
The Philadelphia Singers, and they have performed and recorded for nearly
four decades. He also
established The Bach Festival of Philadelphia in 1976. On 20th April 1984,
Michael and the Singers premiered Vincent Persichetti’s
Cantata No. 6, known as “Flower Songs”. Other recordings
on which they have performed, under Michael’s direction, include Ceremonies of Carols, Gloria! Gloria!, and Handel: Roman Vespers.
co-founded Chorus America and served as President from 1977 to 1985. In 1986, he received a citation for
his important contributions to the choral arts. The Founders Award for Development
of the Professional Choral Art has since been named after him, as has the
Founders Award for Philanthropic Contribution to the Arts.
In 1981, he
became an Associate Conductor for Opera Company of Philadelphia, where he
conducted performances of The Barber
of Seville, Carmen, Death in Venice, Madama Butterfly, and Peter
1991, he died of AIDS in Pennsylvania Hospital, where he was being given
radiation therapy. He was only
forty-four years of age.
In addition to
the aforementioned awards, The Michael Korn
Society and The Michael Korn Trust were
established in his honour. The Michael Korn
Society acknowledges those who have given money to The Philadelphia Singers
via planned arrangements such as life insurance, trusts, and wills. The Michael Korn
Trust is self-explanatory, and has helped to keep the Singers afloat, well
after his death.
Fidelis (John Francis Wade)
– Benita Valente
Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
- Liner Notes: Gloria! Gloria!