Michael Stanley is a Los Angeles-based conductor, French Horn player and music educator. He is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Burbank Philharmonic and Principal Conductor of the Pipe Dream Flute Ensemble. He has guest conducted the New Valley Symphony and the Pasadena City College orchestra, and been Assistant Conductor with groups at UCLA, the Colburn School and Idyllwild School of the Arts. He has also conducted numerous pit orchestras throughout Southern California in shows ranging from Sweeney Todd to Jesus Christ Superstar.
Mr. Stanley received his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Cal State Long Beach in 2007, where he studied under Dr. Richard Rintoul. He has also studied conducting with Jeffrey Schindler, Markand Thakar, Donald Schleicher, Kenneth Kiesler, Marin Alsop, Donald Neuen, and Keith Brion.
Mr. Stanley earned his BA in Music Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1995, where he majored in French Horn with Richard Todd. He plays French Horn regularly in Southern California with groups such as the Topanga Symphony and the Burbank Philharmonic.
As an educator, Mr. Stanley garnered outstanding recognition during his nineteen-year career. In 2016, he was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Burbank High School. Bands and orchestras under his direction earned many Unanimous Superior ratings and 1st place awards in competitions and festivals throughout California.
Mr. Stanley lives in North Hollywood with his wife Jennifer (also a musician) and their four-year old son Gregory.