5 questions with Michael Bradley
Michael Bradley holds the position of member-at-large in the Turtle Creek Chorale. A native of Kansas City, Mo., he moved to Dallas in 1980 at the age of 12. The 37-year-old has been a member of the chorale since 1992. He is the president of the Turtle Creek Chorale AIDS Fund. He works as a sales representative and is also a waiter at Hector’s on Henderson.
How did you join the chorale?
Twelve years after I moved to Dallas, a member of the chorale, Joe Garza, talked to me about joining and signed me up for an audition. I auditioned and I’m still here.
Is it hard to manage your time during concert season?
Yes and no. You have to learn to balance. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain a relationship, but as long as you prioritize everything works out O.K.
The group has more than 200 members. Is it difficult to get to know everyone personally?
Yeah. We try to get to know everyone, but it can be hard to remember everyone’s names. Faces I can remember, but not everyone’s names. And the membership changes continually, so that makes it harder.
What has been the most valuable part of your chorale experience?
Being under the direction of Tim Seelig, and being part of a great organization that touches people’s lives through music.
At an end-of-season ceremony, you received an officer gratitude award. How do you feel about that?
It’s very nice to be thanked for all that you do. It’s humbling.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, July 21, 2006.