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Michael Borowitz ’89 Returns to IUP as Guest Conductor

Michael Borowitz during Die Fledermaus rehearsal

Music director and associate professor of Louisiana State University Opera, Michael Borowitz ’89 returned to IUP in December 2016 as guest conductor for an IUP production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (The Bat).

Michael Borowitz conducting

A conductor and pianist, Michael is also music director and artistic director with Opéra Louisiane. He has served as artistic director of Nevada Opera, as music director of Ohio Light Opera, and as a guest conductor for opera companies and orchestras worldwide.

At IUP, Michael studied voice with John Dietz and piano with James Staples, who “distilled lifetimes of artistic experience into their lessons,” he said. A graduate of Indiana schools, he also credits teachers Dwight Pecsenye ’55, Susan Lepley Miller ’72, M’76, and Mary Jo Bowes for artistic inspiration.

(Photos courtesy of Oliver Lo)