Department: Choral/Vocal Music
Michael Najar joined the faculty at Palo Alto High School as teacher of Choral and Vocal music in 2003. At Palo Alto he directs 4 ensembles and teaches Advanced Music Theory and is Instructional Supervisor for the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Choirs under his direction have toured internationally to Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia. The choral program has doubled in size under his guidance and has received numerous awards and accolades. He has served on the faculty of Notre Dame da Namur University where he directed the Choral Chanteurs and taught Music Applications in Technology.
Mr. Najar received his Bachelors of Music from University of California at Irvine where he studied voice with Mahlon Schanzenbach, composition with Dr. Bernard Gilmore and Christopher Dobrian and conducting with Joseph Huszti. While at U.C.I. he received a Latino American Scholarship and an Arts Bridge Scholarship for his work with students and music in inner city schools. Michael has post-graduate study in conducting at Cal. State L.A with Donald Brinegar. In 2012 he received his Masters of Music in vocal performance from Notre Dame da Namur University.
As a singer he is comfortable in Classical, Broadway, and Pop music. His recent roles include Fenton in Merry Wives of Windsor and Cain in Children of Eden. Najar is the recipient of the 2007 and 2008 Elaine Cohen Scholarship at NDNU. In the summer of 2007 he sang with the Redwood Symphony Orchestra as a NDNU/RSO concerto winner. He is a member of ACDA, MENC, and TI:ME.