Director, Theatre Institute at Sage
Associate Professor, Music
Edith McCrea Distinguished Chair in Music

Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy
[email protected]


M.M., Piano Performance, State University of New York at Buffalo

M.A., Music History, State University of New York at Buffalo

B.F.A., Piano Performance, State University of New York at Buffalo

Classes Taught

  • MUS 208—Masterpieces of Music
  • MUS 217—American Musical Theatre
  • MUS 231—Guitar
  • THR 235—Musical Theatre Scene Study
  • MUS 316—Chorus


Distinguished Faculty Service Award, May 2012

McCrea Chair, Professor of Music, Russell Sage College, 2000-present

Ellis Duo-Piano Competition, Sponsored by The National Federation of Music Clubs, Finalists and Second Prize Winners, March 1999

National Piano Competition, Finalist, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1988


Michael Musial is an Associate Professor of Music, Edith McCrae Distinguished Chair in Music and serves as the Director of the Theater Institute at Sage. As a pianist he has performed at Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Marist College, Converse College, Villa Maria College, and the Troy Music Hall among others.

Music Directing credits include numerous New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI) productions includingWizard of Oz, Fiorello, Yours, Anne, Man of LaMancha, A Wonderful Life, King Island Christmas, 1776 andOrphan Train. For NYSTI he also music directed A Tale of Cinderella for their 2001 New York State tour and was musical director for their 2002 world premiere production of Magna Carta.

At Sage he has directed and music directed over 40 productions. Favorites include Candide, Urinetown, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, The Medium, Quilters, Lady in the Dark, Into the Woods, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Sweeney Todd.

As the Director of the Sage Singers, Professor Musial has directed over 50 choral concerts at Sage. Personal favorites among them are Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’sThe Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Thompson’s Frostiana and numerous works by John Rutter.

Professor Musial is a member of the duo-piano team Musial and Musial with his wife, Barbara. They have performed extensively locally and regionally – including being prize winners in the Ellis Duo-Piano Competition.

Professor Musial is also a faculty member of the Discovery Degree Sage Summer on the Hudson course traveling throughout the Capital District, the Mid-Hudson region and New York City with students from mid-May through June.  Discovery Degree Students spend the summer after their first year on campus for a 15-credit integrated, team-taught liberal arts and sciences course that fulfills 15 general education credits.