Michael Stanley is a Los Angeles-based conductor, French Horn player and music educator. In addition to being a Teaching Artist and Site Manager for YMF, he is the Assistant Conductor of the Burbank Philharmonic and the Principal Conductor of the Pipe Dream Flute Ensemble. He recently conducted the YMF Debut Orchestra at the finals of the Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition. He has also guest conducted the Beach Cities, Westlake Village and New Valley Symphonies, as well as numerous pit orchestras throughout Southern California in shows ranging from Sweeney Todd to Jesus Christ Superstar.
Mr. Stanley is currently a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University where he is working towards his DMA in Orchestral Conducting. He 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, Westlake Village Symphony and the Burbank and LA Lawyers Philharmonics.
As an educator, Mr. Stanley garnered outstanding recognition during his nineteen-year career. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, where he has conducted the Symphony Orchestra and taught classes in Music Fundamentals. In 2016, he was awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Burbank High School. Bands and orchestras under his direction have 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 music teacher, and their son Gregory.