A native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Michael Scott Giuliani is Cantor at Bethany Lutheran Church & School in Naperville, IL, where he oversees a multi-faceted music ministry with nearly four-hundred participants. In addition to his administrative duties, he serves as primary organist and choirmaster. Previously, he has served as a Director of Music and church musician in various settings throughout Illinois and South Carolina. He studied piano with Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich at North Park University, and received his Master of Church Music in Organ from Concordia University Chicago where he studied organ and church music with Dr. Steven Wente, Prof. Jonathan Kohrs, and Dr. Mark Peters, and piano with Kuang-Hao Huang.
An active and sought-after collaborative pianist of unique versatility, Giuliani's musical endeavors have taken him across the United States and Europe. Among various positions, he has served as pianist and organist for Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass, an internationally renowned sacred brass ensemble, pianist for the North Park University Choir and Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth, and as a collaborative pianist at Charleston Southern University. As a conductor, he has directed (or prepared choirs for collaborative performances) numerous choral-orchestral works, including Gloria by John Rutter, Messiah by G.F. Handel, Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns, The Chariot Jubilee by R. Nathaniel Dett, Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi for the Colour of Music Festival, and most recently Requiem by W.A. Mozart for Edward Higginbottom, conductor of the Choir of New College, Oxford. He is the past Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Spiritual Ensemble, an a cappella choir with which he now serves as an associate conductor. He has been featured on the Spotlight Concert Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) as both an organist with the Taylor Festival Choir and as a conductor of the CSO Spiritual Ensemble in a concert highlighting the African-American spiritual settings of composer R. Nathaniel Dett at the historic Citadel Square Baptist Church.
Giuliani has a passion for music education, believing that a comprehensive music education is not a luxury, but a necessity for all human beings. To this end, he founded and directs the J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School, which currently serves over 150 students through early childhood music, private lessons, a choir school, and a youth orchestra program. He is an active private instructor of piano and organ in Naperville, IL, where he resides with his wife Agnes, a gifted violinist, and their three children, Lucien, Eloise, and Adeline.