Jo-Michael Scheibe has spent years forging a path in choral music and music education. He currently chairs the Thornton School of Music department of choral and sacred music in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. In addition to this responsibility, Scheibe served as National President (2011-2013) to the ACDA, National President Elect (2008-2011), Western Division President (1991-1993). Jo-Michael Scheibe has also acted as National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges (1980-1989).
Ensembles under his leadership have sung at six national ACDA conventions, including two national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference. They have performed at the X World Choral Symposium in Seoul, Korea, the 12 International China Choral Festival, and the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City. In spring 2016, Jo-Michael Scheibe returned to Taiwan to lead the Formosa Singers and introduce new composers to the Taiwanese audience. Listen to his interview on Soundcloud.
A champion of contemporary music, Scheibe regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature. Music publishers as varied as Walton, Colla Voce Music, Pavane, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. distribute the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series internationally.
Jo-Michael Scheibe has collaborated with a diversity of influential voices. These include Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina, Barry Manilow, Andrea Bocelli, Kenny Loggins, Sir Elton John, and even the Rolling Stones! He has prepared choruses for Helmuth Rilling, Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, and Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony. Recordings of his ensembles have been released on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, Arsis and ANS labels.
Scheibe dedicated fifteen years as director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Before that, he held faculty appointments at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff (1985-1993), Long Beach City College (1978-1985), Vintage High School in Napa, California, and Huntington Beach High School. He received his D.M.A. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. and M.M. degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he was presented with the distinguished alumnus award. In 2008, he returned to USC.
In an interview with Ryan Guth from Find Your Forte, Jo-Michael Scheibe elaborates on the questions of “How to be a musician of value.” He shares his personal history, experience and ideas about music in general. He emphasizes that his“forte” is working with up-and-coming composers and their pieces, as opposed to traditional compositions. People know this about him and find out to him on Facebook, inquiring if there is any chance for their music to to get published. Jo-Michael Scheibe makes sure it gets sung. The Chamber Singers will sing or record them. Then, it’s in the hands of the public. For more on Jo-Michael Scheibe’s composing and publishing pursuits, you can find the interview in its entirety here.
Jo-Michael Scheibe is in frequent demand nationally and internationally as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for choruses at the university, community college and secondary levels.