After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with concurrent studies in Piano and Music Education, Michael began a career in music that would not only involve performing on various opera and
music theatre stages but also expand to include teaching, composition and
The Queensmen of Toronto Male Chorus marked the first chapter in Michael's development as choral conductor, a position which sparked collaborations with the Mississauga Festival Choir, Cawthra Park Secondary School Choirs, DareArts
and the Festival of Friends. Since then, he's accepted various opportunities working with community choirs across the GTA and Durham Region, and in so
doing, moved gradually away from performing in favour of choral conducting.
Most recently, Michael co-founded Resound, a mixed-voice auditioned choir in Durham
Region performing contemporary and traditional repertoire. Also in Durham, he
conducted the County Town Singers, directed the young people's music theatre
productions of The Music Man and Shrek: the Musical with Oshawa Little Theatre and
Crazy for You with Whitby Courthouse Theatre. He also established a program in
coordination with SASS wherein student songwriters’ works were arranged for mixed
chorus and performed locally. Excellence in music making, music as community
building, and fostering and promoting emerging talent are key priorities for Michael,
whose love of sharing music is evident in all his undertakings. Today, almost 30 years
later, Michael is thrilled to be the latest Music Director for the Serenata Singers.
Never one to be professionally idle, Michael rounds out his schedule as the Music
Director for the Bel Canto Singers, Music Director for St. Paul's United Church in Ajax
where he also maintains a private teaching studio and is the Manager of Operations
with the AIDS Committee of Durham Region. In all his spare time he loves to cook, bake,
read and watch movies with his wife and son.
Stan Farrow earned his A.T.C.L. (England) in piano performance at age 17. He was active as a performer and writer through university and in musical productions at David and Mary Thomson C I, where he taught Classics for 35 years. He was the "orchestra" for the Scarborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society for many years.
Stan has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria College, Volunteer of the Year (Scarborough Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department), and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.