1. Faculty

Michael Mohammed

Director of Musical Theatre Workshop, Opera and Musical Theatre

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Beginning Theatrical Dance
  • Musical Theater Workshop

EDUCATION

  • EdD Candidate, Columbia University
  • MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • BA, Columbia University

ENSEMBLES

  • Bay Area Children's Theatre
  • Opera Parallèle
  • American Conservatory Theater

What is your hometown?

Vincennes, IN

What is your favorite recording?

Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 — Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening (1986)

Who were your major teachers?

Ruby Pleasure, Willene Gunn, and Jane Randolph.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Do well.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Why?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I had a series of teachers who encouraged me to perform (including my undergraduate voice teacher Jane McMahon) and to direct (including SFCM's Kathy Cathcart). My journey can better be encapsulated in a series of experiences.

What was a turning point in your career?

Still turning.

What is your daily practice routine?

Always moving breath, always watching critically.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Handel, Mozart, and Sondheim.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Erin White with her unrelenting sense of empathy, Corinne Rydman with her tireless curiosity, and Molly HIll with her amazing way she can put it all together.

What is your unrealized project?

A movement-theatre piece involving Baroque and modern music.