Dr. Mikhail (Misha) Shtangrud is the Director of Vocal Ensembles at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Burbank Chorale and is founder and Artistic Director of MUSYCA Children’s Choir. Dr. Shtangrud has served as guest conductor of the New Valley Symphony and Symphony in the Glen. And as a vocal coach for Center Theatre Group, Tectonic Theater Project, Funny or Die, and the animated series, Masha and the Bear.
As a composer, his music was featured in the BBC documentary, The Songs of Comrade Time, which tells the story of the Big Children’ Choir of the Russian State Radio and Television in the former Soviet Union.
Dr. Shtangrud’s vocal ensembles have performed at top venues in the United States and around the world, and have recorded for Columbia Records and RCA labels. His students sing in concert and on operatic stages, appear in film and television, and collaborate with leading composers, musical artists, and producers.
Born in Moscow to a family of choral conductors, Dr. Shtangrud studied violin and piano at the Liadov Children’s Music School and sang with the Big Children’s Choir. He later studied choral conducting at the Moscow State Music College of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal performance at California State University, Northridge. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education (2006) from the University of Southern California. And he has studied voice with Curt Allen, Jonathan Mack, Elizabeth Parham, David Scott, and Lee Sweetland.