Staff Directory

Mary Pat Michels

Progressions Orchestra Director

Since 1997, Mrs. Michels has taught in the School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee and is currently the Orchestra Director at Frank Lloyd Wright and Lincoln Intermediate Schools, Director of the WAWM Shining Strings and is the Music Coordinator for the district where she oversees the music programs of 27 teachers in 18 schools. She maintains a private violin and viola studio, and was previously an instructor in the Waukesha Symphony’s “Success Through Music” Program.

Mrs. Michels is also an active free-lance musician and teacher in Southeastern Wisconsin. She earned degrees in Violin and Viola Performance and her Music Education Certification at UW-Milwaukee. While at UWM, Mrs. Michels was the Orchestra Music Librarian/Project Assistant and the Assistant to the Director of Bands. She also managed the UWM Brass Choir and was the Program Coordinator for the UWM Youth Wind Ensemble.

Mrs. Michels is Principal Violist, music librarian and personnel manager of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, of which she has been a member since 2000. Mrs. Michels served as Principal Viola of the Racine Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2007, and has soloed twice with the RSO. An active free-lancer, she plays viola and violin for the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Bel Canto, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra, the Lutheran a Capella Choir and Orchestra, the Festival City Symphony and Les Artistes. Mrs. Michels is also the manager and founder of the Lakeside Strings, which performs chamber music at special events throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

Active in her church as well, Mary Pat is organist, member of the choir and editor of the weekly church bulletin.

Mary Pat Michels (née Subjak) is an MYSO/MFY alumna—and played violin and/or viola in all of the orchestras from 1982-1991. A highlight was the MYSO tour to Scotland and the Aberdeen, Scotland Festival orchestra, as principal viola of MYSO’s Senior Symphony.

From 1991-2000, Mrs. Michels coached various MYSO orchestras and chamber ensembles and served as an administrative assistant. In 2008, she returned to the MYSO staff as the Orchestra Director for the Progressions Program.