Dr. Michael Bonshor is a long-established singing teacher and musical director. He has a background as a professional singer with international contracts, and teaches singers of all ages and abilities. He has conducted large choral societies, amateur operatic societies, open-access community choirs, small-scale close harmony groups, chamber choirs and professional ensembles. He is Director of Music for several choirs, including The Ratcliffe Chorale in Leicestershire and Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir in Nottinghamshire.
As a Music Psychologist, Michael has special expertise in musical wellbeing and performance psychology. He currently teaches on the MA Psychology of Music course at the University of Sheffield, and has delivered undergraduate Music and Wellbeing modules at York St John University. His research interests include confidence building for singers, musical leadership, and group dynamics in musical ensembles. He has presented his choral research at international conferences and throughout the UK, and has been awarded Fellowships at the University of Sheffield and the Institute of Musical Research, Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also an Associate Member of the International Centre for Community Music at York St John University, and a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Michael strongly believes in making meaningful connections between his work in positive psychology and his professional practice, and has received an IMR grant for his interactive conference on ‘Real World Applications of Choral Research’.