Michael Kerschner / Artistic Director

Artistic Staff

Michael Kerschner (Artistic Director/Conductor) is a respected educator who is dedicated to uniting the roles of teacher and working artist. This is his 6th season with YNYC, and for three years he served as conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Chorale, which performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Michael received a degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, where he studied conducting with Brady Allred, and he received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas where he was a student of Jerry McCoy.

He has taught at the NYSSSA choral studies program and at the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University as choral director and Music Education specialist. Choirs under his direction have performed the National Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Command Performance at the Nevada All-State Conference, the Western Division ACDA Student Symposium, and with the New Amsterdam Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Long Island Pops Orchestra.He has recently been invited to represent the Eastern Division of ACDA for the International Conductor’s Exchange program to take place in South Africa in 2014. Michael was previously the Director of Choirs at Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his choirs consistently received the highest possible ratings at local and national festivals.

He currently is Director of the Choral Department at North Shore High School on Long Island, where his ensembles have received gold with distinction honors at NYSSMA festivals, and completed performance tours through Italy, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, and will travel to Spain this February. As a choral singer he has performed in 9 European countries and at regional and national conferences. Michael is also a visual artist and teacher of the AP Art History course.


Rachel DeVore Fogarty (Assistant Artistic Director) is a versatile pianist and composer. In addition to being the Assistant Artistic Director and accompanist for the YNYC Women’s Ensemble, she is an accompanist for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Rachel has accompanied masterclasses for Shirlee Emmons, Sharon Sweet, Cliff Jackson, Bob Kline, Michael Cassara, Jen Waldman, and Merri Sugarman and served as rehearsal pianist for the national tours of the musicals Elf and Anything Goes. Her choral works have been performed by ensembles in the U.S. and internationally, including St. Olaf’s College, Oklahoma State University, the University of Kentucky, and the 2013 ACDA National High School Women’s Honor Choir. She received both her M.M. in Composition and her B.M. in Piano from Belmont University in Nashville, TN.


Artistic Advisory Board

Brady Allred, Artistic Director and Conductor, Salt Lake Choral Artists
Dominick DiOrio, Assistant Professor of Music (Choral Conducting), Indiana University; Composer
Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director, Conspirare & Company of Voices
Jerry McCoy, Artistic Director, Schola Cantorum of Texas; Director of Choral Studies, University of North Texas College of Music