Director Information

Michael Hummel

Head High School Choir Director / Private Vocal Instructor / Assistant Musical Theater Director

This is Michael Hummel’s 22nd year of teaching and first year at Plainfield high school. Michael’s current responsibilities include directing six choirs and is also the Director of music for Plainfield’s musical theater productions. Originally from Washington State, Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from Bob Jones University in 1997 and in 2009 received his Master of Music Education degree from Anderson University. Michael was appointed to the ISSMA Concert Organization board in 2009 and in July, 2011 was appointed to serve as the  ICDA’s Repertoire and Standards Chair for high school choirs. In 2015 Michael was selected to represent ICDA as a district V area representative for the state of Indiana.  In 2019 Michael was elected to be the President-elect of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and in 2021 transitioned to serve as President. In addition, Michael is the current  IMEA Choral Music Division Chair.

 

Before coming to Indiana, Michael was a music educator in South Carolina and Michigan, where his groups received numerous awards and recognition.  Since coming to Indiana in 2003, his groups have garnered numerous Grand Champion awards throughout the United States.  For 14 consecutive years, his groups have been represented at the ISSMA State Choir Finals, each time receiving Group I Gold “With Distinction ratings and honors. In 2017 his mixed Concert Choir was named ISSMA STATE CHAMPIONS. In 2018 both his Unisex and Mixed show choirs were named ISSMA State Champions.  In 2019 his Unisex show choir was named GRAND CHAMPIONS in the large school division and both his mixed and women’s concert choirs were ISSMA STATE RUNNERS-UP. 

In 2016 Michael was awarded by IMEA as Indiana’s High School Music Educator of the Year.  In addition, Michael was chosen as a quarter-finalist for the 2017 GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award.

Andrea Bennett

Accompanist

This is Andrea Bennett’s first year as Plainfield Choirs Accompanist. Andrea Bennett graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1992 with degrees in Music Education and Music with Piano Emphasis. While in college, Mrs. Bennett performed with the SMWC Madrigals at Carnegie Hall where women from the Midwestern United States and Japan performed the New York Premiere of Stabat Mater, Op. 46 (for double women’s chorus) by Ernst von Dohnanyi.

Mrs. Bennett has taught K-8 General Music, been Director of Music for an Indianapolis area church which included directing the Handbell Choir, Adult Choir and Jr. High Choir along with being the organist. She has also taught private piano, played for local Music Theater productions and does freelance accompaniment work. Most recently she was an integral part of the Franklin Community School’s Choir department.

Mrs. Bennett and her husband Jeff have 2 fabulous daughters.