Michael D. Costello, Artistic Director
Michael D. Costello is the Cantor at Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest, IL, where he also directs the church’s Bach Cantata Vespers ministry and is the founder and director of the Bach Cantata Camp for high school singers and string players. In March of 2013, Costello conducted Grace Lutheran’s Bach Cantata Vespers Chorus and Orchestra in their first performance of the Bach St. Matthew Passion. He is a composer of music for both choir and organ, and known for creative hymn improvisations and sensitive service playing.
Mr. Costello holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, and a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. In 1999 he won both the Ruth and Paul Manz award and the Region IV Young Organists Competition of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Costello is currently President of Region 3 of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, and the American Choral Directors Association.
Mr. Costello was guest conductor for CCA’s March 2014 concert set entitled Music for Mourning, Music for Hope, including music of Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Billings, Barber, and Proulx, and was appointed to the position of Artistic Director by CCA’s Board of Directors in May 2014.