Michael Pekel is a Lecturer in Music at Roanoke College, where he teaches music-humanities courses in the general curriculum and leads the Concert Choir. He is finishing a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa. In 2022, he was a recipient of the University's Marcus Bach Writing Fellowship for his dissertation, "Musical Style in the Anglican Choral Works of Jonathan Harvey. "He holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from Western Kentucky University, and a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Xavier University.
Pekel's conducting experience comprises choral leadership and concert programming in academic, liturgical, and community settings. In his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, he founded the July Chorale, a community choir whose concerts double as fundraiser events for local soup kitchens. His singing experiences include bass/baritone solos with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and Collegium Cincinnati.