Faculty & Staff

Michael Ehrlich

Supervision of Student Teachers

Adjunct Professor of Music

  • Supervision of Choral Student Teachers

Education

  • B.M., Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Graduate Studies, George Mason University and University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • M.M. Music Education, Florida State University

Michael Ehrlich was born and raised in East Stroudsburg, Pa. While in high school, he was an active member of the band and choral programs. Upon graduation in 1974, Mr. Ehrlich spent two years as a saxophonist with the Air Force Band of the East, stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ. In 1977, he began his college career at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He received his degree in music and theatre in 1981. He returned to Pennsylvania, where he taught private saxophone and voice lessons. He also performed in and directed musical theatre for community theatre groups in the area.

Ehrlich moved to Northern Virginia in 1983 to teach private lessons and color guard for several Northern Virginia high schools. He began at W.T. Woodson High School in 1988 with 35 students in the choral program and grew the program to over 250 students. After 30 years at Woodson, Ehrlich retired in June of 2018. Under his direction, the six choirs at Woodson consistently received superior ratings at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) district choral festival and the festivals for the annual spring trip. The Select Women’s Ensemble performed for the VMEA convention in 1993, 1999, and 2014. In addition, the Select Women’s Ensemble performed for the Southern Division, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), convention in 1998, 2006, and 2012. Other VMEA performances include the Select Vocal Ensemble in 2006 and the Select Men’s Ensemble in 2010 and 2017. The Select Vocal Ensemble was a 1997-1998 winner of the WGMS classical radio station/GEICO Young Artists in the Community contest and was honored to perform at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre in 1998. The Select Vocal Ensemble has performed on the Millennium Stage and the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center, in addition to a performance in Strathmore Hall. In the summers of 1999, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015, and 2018 a group of select singers traveled to Europe, singing at venues in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and France. Highlights of the tour included singing mass at Notre Dame and also a performance at a wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. Each year, Mr. Ehrlich served as the vocal director and pit orchestra conductor for the school’s annual musical. He was also the stage and music director for the choral department’s annual revue, “Dessert on Broadway.”

Ehrlich began the next chapter in his life as the director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble, a new ensemble under the umbrella of the Fairfax Choral Society. The ensemble is enjoyed a successful second season and is looking forward to a restart in September 2021.

Ehrlich studied at the graduate level at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his Masters in Music Education, with an emphasis on choral conducting, from Florida State University in 2005.

Ehrlich has guest-directed district and all-county events and also serves as an adjudicator for various choral festivals.

Mr. Ehrlich belongs to the Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association, the Virginia Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Fairfax County Choral Directors Association, of which he is a past president. He has served as vice president and president of the Virginia Choral Directors Association and the Virginia Music Educators Association. Ehrlich continues to serve VMEA as the Associate Conference Coordinator. Ehrlich is currently serving as the R&R Chair for community choirs for Virginia ACDA. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was nominated for Fairfax County Teacher of the Year in 1996 and was selected as one of seven finalists out of 80 nominees. In the fall of 2002, he was named a USA Today-All USA Teacher. Sixty teachers were selected from across the nation. He was a recipient of the 2004-2005 Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center Scholarship for Teachers. Mr. Ehrlich has been inducted into the East Stroudsburg High School Music Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Sydney Swiggett Award for outstanding service to the Virginia Choral Directors Association. He was honored to be the first recipient of the W.T. Woodson PTSO Teacher of the Year Award in 2008-2009.

When time permits, Ehrlich enjoys performing and participating in community theatre. Favorite past roles include:  Mr. Depinna in You Can’t Take it With You; Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!; the priest in the pop-rock opera Bare; Cosmé McMoon in Souvenir, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Spending most of his career with his back to the audience as a choral director, he finds facing out to the audience quite refreshing!