The Chorale’s Music Director and Conductor is Susan Catanese, a gifted and experienced choral conductor recently retired from Chippewa Valley Schools, where she was named Outstanding High School Educator of the Year for Macomb County. Susan has thrice served as State Honors Choir Director and has received numerous awards for excellence in choral music. She is also a former associate director and chamber choir director of the Madrigal Chorale of Southfield. Ms. Catanese has served on the Executive Board of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, which elected her Michigan’s Outstanding Vocal Music Teacher of the Year. Ms. Catanese currently serves on the Full Board of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA-Mi) as the Community Choir chair. Ms. Catanese received a Bachelor of Music Education from Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Master of Music Education from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).
Susan, a Clinton Township resident, has previously conducted choirs in concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Cincinnati Ballet Company, Warren Symphony Orchestra, Macomb Symphony Orchestra, Josh Groban, and the Barenaked Ladies. Ms. Catanese has conducted the Cantata Academy Chorale since July 2010.