Critically hailed as a "stylish and sensitive accompanist," Michael Alfera enjoys a multifaceted career as a solo pianist, accompanist, conductor, composer, arranger, musical director, and vocal coach. He is the founder and artistic director of the L.A. Choral Lab, a contemporary choral ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of new choral music.
Michael has collaborated with such performers as LeAnn Rimes, Audra McDonnell, Alex Newell, Melissa Manchester, Levi Kreis, and Cheryl Lee Ralph. He has penned dozens of arrangements for men's chorus, mixed chorus, and contemporary a cappella groups. His Brokeback Mountain Suite was performed to critical acclaim at the 2012 GALA Festival, and his arrangements have been heard in Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, and elsewhere.
Michael is also active as a composer, having written several works for solo piano, small ensembles, and orchestra. His Pavane for Chamber Orchestra was the winner of the 2005 Hurley Orchestra Composition Competition; this work has been performed several times both within the United States and abroad.
Michael was the winner of the 2010 StageSceneLA Breakthrough Musical Director award. Musical direction credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Cal Poly Pomona), A Little Night Music (USC), Starmites (Ensemble Theater Company), Urinetown, and See What I Wanna See (USC).
Michael received his training first at Interlochen Arts Academy and then at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Stewart Gordon. He has taught musical theater as a faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona and the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
Michael Alfera is a graduate of Southwestern Law School, J.D. Class of 2018. Michael completed his law degree in two years pursuant to Southwestern's accelerated SCALE program, during which time he was a Biederman Scholar, a Dean's Fellow, and a teaching assistant.
Michael, along with his Southwestern classmates Xhesi Hysi and Reneh Sepanosian, took first prize at the 2018 Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition at the New York Law School. Their team beat 38 other teams from around the country, marking Southwestern's first win at Wagner in over 20 years of competing at the competition. Here's a video capture of the winning round in the case of Jaclyn Sparrow v. The Black Pearl Repair Company:
Outside of school, Michael's legal experience includes serving as an intern with the Los Angeles County Counsel as well as serving as a judicial extern at the District Court for the Central District of California. He's currently studying for the July 2018 sitting of the California Bar Examination. Please send him chocolate.
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