Director of the Arts
Mr. Christopher Card is an accomplished singer, pianist and veteran educator that has led and grown school music programs for the past 26 years. Performing groups under Mr. Card’s direction have received high honors at state and national festivals and competitions and have held an international reputation as a program of excellence. On four occasions Mr. Card’s ensembles were selected to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City and twice have represented the United States in performance tours in Europe. Over recent years Mr. Card’s performing groups have received six grand champion trophies at music festivals in the United States. The YouTube channel for Mr. Card’s performing groups has a worldwide audience with over 1.5 million views.
Mr. Card has directed numerous theatrical productions that have earned a reputation for bringing amateur actors to professional standards of performance. His shows are known for creative and artistic excellence which has led to record-breaking attendance with sold-out showings.
As Director of the Arts and department head of the Michigan International Prep School of Music, Mr. Card’s vision is to offer MIPS students (regardless of experience level) a premiere music education that cultivates a passion for the arts and develops students into well-rounded musicians.
Mr. Card’s approach to education is to infuse a high level of energy and enthusiasm into his teaching, while incorporating humor to keep things light. His former schools have recognized him as a master teacher who excels at drawing maximum potential out of all of his students in a caring environment.
Mr. Card holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.
Mr. Card is happily married to his wife of 22 years, Christine. Together they enjoy raising their two children, Cullen and Ceana. He is excited to be taking on the adventure of implementing an arts program at MIPS.
Why Christopher chose MIPS...
“I am excited to be joining the phenomenal staff at MIPS with the purpose of creating an innovative online School of the Arts for MIPS students! Over the past 26 years I have discovered the potential of music to develop a student both as a person and as a performer. I am convinced that EVERY student can benefit from studying music and the arts, regardless of their prior experience or level of talent. Our exclusive music program will provide unparalleled opportunity for students to learn to create and appreciate music more than they ever thought possible.
An exciting aspect of my work at MIPS will be in creating a supportive community of peers that meet virtually and in person for social interaction and peer support. This is an element that is not always found in online education. Our extracurricular opportunities (a MIPS Rock Band, a Choir, and Theatrical productions) will provide further opportunity for students to benefit from being part of our wonderful MIPS music family of students!”