Michael Kriese, bass, was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He first discovered his love of music not from the radio, but from the Music Memory program in elementary school. It was through this program that he first heard a live orchestra and was spellbound. He joined the choir in high school and sang with the Texas All State Choir. This led him to Louisiana State University where he performed across the country with the LSU A Cappella choir. He has performed solos in productions of Fauré’s Requiem and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël. With LSU Opera he played roles such as Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Rainette in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and appeared numerous times in the opera chorus. He has also played the role of Melchior in Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. While in college Michael sang in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region competition and placed third for three years in a row. After college he moved back to Austin where he became the bass section leader at Central Presbyterian Church from 2005 to 2013. Michael is currently a section leader with the Conspirare Symphonic Choir.