Michael Bagby

Loras College names new coordinator of liturgy and music

Michael Bagby premiered his piano composition ‘Bells’ at Carnegie Hall

 DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a private, a four-year Catholic liberal arts institution, has announced announces the hiring of Michael Bagby, D.M.A., as its new coordinator of liturgy and music.

As coordinator, Bagby, a Dubuque native, manages the student-led ministries for Masses and events. He also collaborates with other Spiritual Life Division members to establish goals and objectives for liturgical programs and division initiatives.

“I am amazed each and every day by our students’ potential and determination,” he said. “A commitment to service is clearly a priority both on and off the campus. It is my hope, in collaboration with my wonderful colleagues, that we can be models of a balanced, fruitful, and faith-filled life.”

Bagby earned his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and K-12 vocal education from Iowa State University and master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan. While there, he studied with renowned pianist Martin Katz. Recently, Bagby earned a doctoral degree in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

With a keen interest in operatic production, he continues to work as the music director and pianist in the world premiere of “Nathan Gunn: Flying Solo,” featuring the famed operatic baritone.

In addition, Bagby has worked as the music director for Coastal Carolina’s production of “The Color Purple” and made his New York City debut as the assistant music director and co-arranger for Musicals Tonight’s production of “The Boys from Syracuse.”

This summer, he rejoined Opera North to conduct its “Singers and Swingers” performances, featuring opera singers and circus aerialists. He also served as the assistant conductor for Opera North’s productions of “The Barber of Seville” and “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

Among his other achievements, Bagby premiered his composition for solo piano, “Bells,” at Carnegie Hall and is a two-time recipient of the Nancy Wustman Memorial Award in Vocal Accompanying.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Visit www.loras.edu, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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