Michael Larkin-Worship Band Director
A graduate of Buffalo State College, where he studied vocal performance, composition and film, Michael had enjoyed a variety of pursuits. Throughout his career, he has performed with a number of professional and amateur ensembles on drum set, bass, guitar, piano, trumpet, trombone, and as a chorus member and soloist. Although Michael’s primary responsibility is to the Worship Band, you may occasionally see him conducting our choir, a skill he developed as the former Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango. With some frequency, you will probably catch an arrangement or original composition that Michael has contributed to the service, especially on Easter and Christmas. Prior to joining the St. James family, Michael earned two Syracuse Area Music awards for efforts as writer, arranger, producer and singer with a Syracuse-based band. When Michael isn’t playing music, he enjoys voice acting. In addition to commercial work, he has performed roles in dozens of audio books with the award-winning Full Cast Audio Studios, and is currently the “Voice of TK99” (the primary announcer on a Syracuse radio station). Whenever possible (and mostly for fun), Michael lends his talents as cook, server, and bartender in the catering department of a local restaurant where he and his wife Danielle also run a food truck during Summers. Danielle (who serves as St. James’ Sound Technician at the 10:45 service) and Michael live in East Syracuse with their daughter Sofie and are so very thankful to be part of this community.