Artistic Staff

michaelculloton2Michael Culloton is in his eighth year as artistic director and conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists. He is the conductor of the Chapel Choir, Kantorei, and Cantabile at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he also teaches music education and church music courses and advises the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Culloton also serves as the conductor of the Cathedral Choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead. Prior to Dr. Culloton’s appointment to the Choral Artists, he was the artistic director and conductor of Choral Arts Ensemble in Rochester, Minnesota; and the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, also based in Rochester. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he studied with Rene Clausen; a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Maurice Skones; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from North Dakota State University, where he studied with Jo Ann Miller and Michael Weber.

Dr. Culloton has taught at Luther College and Winona Senior High School, and has also served as the assistant and interim conductor of the National Lutheran Choir. He has held church choir positions in Tucson, Arizona and Decorah, Iowa; and has been music director for nearly a dozen musical theater productions. Along with his twin brother, Dr. Culloton is the co-editor of the Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. In 2006, he was recognized as the Minnesota ACDA Young Conductor of the Year, and received the ACDA/VocalEssence Creative Programming Award for his work with Choral Arts Ensemble. In 2009, he was a featured conductor in Never Stop Singing, a documentary about the history of choral music in Minnesota. Dr. Culloton serves as a guest choral conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the region. He lives in Moorhead with his wife Brynn, and their daughters, Eleanor and Miriam.

Susan Nagel – collaborative pianist

Susan Nagel lives and works in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She received performance degrees at MSUM and NDSU. Ms. Nagel has worked as a studio and class piano teacher at Concordia College and MSUM. In addition, Susan maintains a private piano teaching studio in her home and adjudicates for various piano-related teachers festivals. Ms. Nagel is the rehearsal and performance pianist for the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists and regularly collaborates with area college faculty and students in both vocal and instrumental performances. She has worked with the FM Symphony, FM Opera, FM Ballet, International Music Camp, and is a member of the recently formed group, Trio Carrefour, which performs music for saxophone, percussion and piano.

Brita Johnson – Operations Coordinator