Michael is thrilled to have been a part of the mega-hit TV show AMERICAN IDOL for 16 seasons as the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach, and Associate Musical Director both on FOX and ABC. In between those seasons were stints as Music Director/vocal coach on LITTLE BIG SHOTS and FOREVER YOUNG, both hosted by Steve Harvey. Through these amazing opportunities, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael also accompanied the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on LIVE WITH KELLY & REGIS (and MICHAEL and RYAN) , CBS EARLY SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for THE TODAY SHOW. He also served as a pianist/coach for the NBC summer series AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (Seasons 1 & 2).
In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities, including Kristen Bell, Erich Bergen, Sabrina Carpenter, Lynda Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Tony-Winner Debbie Gravitte, Marilu Henner, Jennifer Holliday, Roslyn Kind, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Katharine McPhee, Idina Menzel, the late Wayland Flowers & Madame, and the legendary Kaye Ballard, Michael played for the hit shows FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, RUTHLESS!, and WHEN PIGS FLY in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the iconic MGM star Ann Miller.
Some recent highlights include serving as Associate Musical Director on the NBC production of HAIRSPRAY LIVE, rehearsal pianist for the Netflix movie THE PROM, and working with Broadway legends Patti LPone, Bernadette Peters and TV stars Eric McCormack and Amber Riley.
Watch some of Michael’s most fun “Hollywood Week” AMERICAN IDOL quotes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTKnB5uSSMc&t=7s
Follow Michael on Twitter and Instagram: @michaelorland
This masterclass is presented by Singers on Stage L.A., producer-singer-actor-teacher CHERILYN BACON who is collaborating with Michael Orland for this event. (www.CherilynBacon.com). Cherilyn cherishes the memories of the leading and supporting roles in NATIONAL TOURS – PAL JOEY, A CHRISTMAS CAROL; OFF BROADWAY- OPHELIA THE MUSICAL; and local and regional theatre STAGE WEST – MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (nominated Best Actress of the Year), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM; DALLAS REPERTORY THEATRE – JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICAL COLORED DREAM COAT; ZIEGFELD THEATRE – HAIRSPRAY, and internationally with the DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE USO. She has performed internationally and nationally on stage with truly great BROADWAY and HOLLYWOOD performers such as Joel Grey, Alexis Smith, Randy Graff, Kelly Bishop, Ron Perlman, J.P. Dougherty, John LaMotta, and under the direction of Broadway’s Peter Howard, Ross Allen, Tom O’Horgan, Grover Dale, Jan Rosenberg, and Sheilah Vaughn Walker.
She owns a private voice studio in Woodland Hills and is on the faculty at California School of the Arts. Cherilyn is the founding producer and developer of NYC’s first summer musical theatre intensive – SINGERS ON STAGE ON BROADWAY, rated #1 by Backstage along with NYU’s program. It became Circle in the Square’s summer musical theatre program and the model for other summer intensives that have followed. (www.SingersOnStage.org).
If you have any questions, contact:
Cherilyn Bacon, Producer
Singers on Stage on Broadway
818-220-6337 – text
*Pending enrollment: Each singer will be coached for approximately 15 minutes. The length of the masterclass depends on the number of singers accepted. Should the enrollment not meet the minimum, the masterclass will be postponed and another date scheduled.
**Tuition is non-refundable unless the minimum enrollment is not achieved and the masterclass postponed.