Michael K. Santana, Music Director
Music Director, Michael K. Santana
This is Michael’s thirteenth season directing the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society. A gifted and highly versatile teacher of vocal music, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in music education with a concentration in voice and piano. He was formerly the Director of Vocal and Keyboard Activities at the Suitland Performing Arts Center and has served as organist and choir director with several churches in southern Maryland and Virginia. He currently is the choral director for Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ in Silver Spring and an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Maryland. He has a private studio in Waldorf where he teaches private lessons in voice and piano.
Leroy Pressley, Associate Music Director
Associate Music Director, Leroy Pressley
Leroy Pressley began his teaching career in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools and is currently teaching in the Charles County Public Schools. He has taught at all levels, from elementary to college. He has conducted and adjudicated many honors choruses throughout the state and Washington, D.C. His high school choral groups have received superior ratings at several Festivals and competitions on the East Coast. He has received the Golden Apple Teacher Award for Excellence – St. Mary’s County Board of Education, Exemplary Teacher Award in Music - Charles County Board of Education, and the Outstanding Music Teacher Award – Southern Region – Maryland Music Educators Association.
As a former conductor of St. Maries Musica, a community ensemble, he has led the group in performances at the Historic Maryland State House, The John F. Kennedy Center, and The White House.
Mr. Pressley holds a B. A. In voice and music education from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a M. M. in conducting from the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, Connecticut.