Michael J. Warren Biography
Michael Warren is a Pittsburgh native born on May 7th. In 2004 Michael auditioned and was accepted into what was formerly known as Rogers Creative and Performing Arts Middle School, today it is known as Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12. It was there he met Mr. Henry L. Biggs, Michael's choral instructor from multiple years. Mr. Biggs was instrumental in getting Michael involved with singing, sight-reading, music theory, and most importantly, the church. Michael dedicated his life to Christ in August of 2006 and joined Nazarene Baptist Church, where Rev. Ricky V. Burgess is the Senior Pastor.
Since 2007, Michael has served in the music ministry at a host of churches, including: Nazarene Baptist Church, Covenant Church, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Resurrection Baptist Church, Baptist Temple, First Baptist Church of Bridgeville, First Baptist Penn Hills, Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion, and Sixth Mount Zion, just to name a few.
Apart from church, Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Pittsburgh where he was the class accompanist for The Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. James Johnson, formerly served as the Director of Chosen Generation Gospel Choir (Slippery Rock University), the founder and director of the Geneva College Gospel Choir (Geneva College), the Executive Director of Some of God's Children Gospel Choir (The University of Pittsburgh) and currently he serves as the Journey Praise Team Director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church (ELPC) where Rev. Dr. Randy Bush is the head pastor.
As a solo performer, Michael has had the opportunity to travel. In the Summer of 2015, Michael traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria where he performed for 1 week at an International Music Festival. In 2017, Michael became the first Duquesne student to ever hold the title "Campus Superstar" which is an American Idol like competition for collegiate students from all across the greater Pittsburgh area. After competing against 120+ students for the first round, Michael made the top 25. He then went on to make the final round, and eventually won the entire competition.
Now in his third season, Michael serves as an Anthem Singer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he performs both the U.S. and Canadian Anthems at PPG Place during the regular season. Most recently, Michael performed with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. in November of 2019 for an event sponsored by The Pittsburgh Promise (which Michael was a 2011 recipient of the scholarship). Michael was also emceed at the event. Immediately following this once in a lifetime opportunity, Michael decided to check off another item on his bucket list by completing his first solo album titled A Peace of Christmas where he sings a mixture of holiday classics and songs celebrating peace.
Michael graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Music Education (2017) a Masters of Science in Education Administration (2018) from Duquesne University, and is now enrolled in the Doctor of Educational Leadership program at Duquesne University.
Michael is a Project Hope Fellow, a homeless education initiative sponsored by Duquesne University. Michael is also 1 of 2 teachers in the Pittsburgh region serving on a national committee for Teachers of Color, funded by Digital Promise. Most recently Michael was appointed Assistant Principal for Pittsburgh King, K-8 in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Michael is happily married to Kayla (Dyson) Warren, and they will celebrate 2 years of marriage in July.
A reflection from Michael...
"Having lived without money, there's one thing I know for sure: The greatest investment is in education! I'd rather be broke and have a wealthy, educated mind, then be rich and ignorant. My vow is to pass this mindset on to my fellow students as they possess the true power needed to change the world; Knowledge!"
Education Alum Michael J. Warren Releases a Debut Christmas Album
A round of applause for our School of Education alum Michael J. Warren for his work both on and off the stage. Congratulations to him on his most recent endeavor, the release of his Christmas album, A Peace of Christmas.
If you are looking to enjoy Christmas favorites with a contemporary R&B feel, take a peek at Michael J. Warren's album on Bandcamp. It is available for pre-order now and will be released on December 20, 2019. This album is one of his many musical accomplishments. Michael has performed for Michelle Obama; and on the ice as a Pittsburgh Penguins Anthem Singer. He has also performed with Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. at the Pittsburgh Promise Gala.
From the practice room to the classroom, Michael has fused his passions for education and music. He is an alum of Duquesne's School of Education and School of Music with both a M.S. in Education Administration, K-12 and B.S.Ed. in Music Education.
Currently, Michael is a music educator and music minister. Michael is the Director of Choirs in Avonworth School District, the Minister of Music at Trinity AME Zion Church, and the Journey Music Director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. He is also working toward his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in our School of Education.
In reflecting on his life and aspirations of being a music educator in Warren said, "I always knew that I wanted to be an educator, more specifically . . . a music educator . . . I realized that . . . music was a tool, but ideally for me to fulfill what believe I am called to do, I wanted to go deeper into education. So I wanted to learn about how to serve those kids who are served with injustices on a day-to-day basis." This reflection was captured in a video bio by Shannon Chavez and is featured on his East Liberty Presbyterian Church bio page.
Congratulations Michael, we look forward to following your work and voice!