Profile Type: Artist
Malcolm Halliday

Pianist, organist and conductor Malcolm Halliday is Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury (UCC), where he leads one of the largest mainline church music ministries in Massachusetts.  A former dean of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, in 2007 he was one of only two persons in the country to obtain the highest level of certification as a Fellow (FAGO) of the American Guild of Organists. He has been Artistic Director of the community chorus, the Master Singers of Worcester since 1998.  Also an active performing pianist, Malcolm Halliday has performed in the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and in collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra. He has performed frequently with historical pianos from museum and private collections, using period instruments in concerts at Jordan Hall and Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other locations throughout New England. A champion of more recent and contemporary music, Malcolm Halliday can also be heard on two recordings of the music of the American composer Leo Sowerby, released through Albany Records. He is also heard on numerous other recordings, including British art songs with tenor Stanley Wilson, and Schubert’s Winterreise with bass-baritone Robert Osborne, recorded with an original 1828 piano by the Viennese builder Conrad Graf from the E. Michael Frederick Collection. As conductor he appears in the recent Albany Records recording The River of Love, an album devoted to Shaker music and settings of Shaker themes by contemporary composers. Halliday received degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (B.A.) and Boston University (M.Mus), and has served on the music faculty at Clark University and WPI. Formerly the resident pianist for the American Schubert Institute in Boston, Malcolm Halliday is Artistic Director of “A Worcester Schubertiad” and director of the Arts on the Green concert series in Shrewsbury, MA. He also serves on the board of Choral Arts New England and the Frederick Historic Piano Collection in Ashburnham.  For more information about M. Halliday’s upcoming performances and his complete discography, visit his website at

I Have Worked With

  • September 2012

    Artisti Director and pianist for A Worcester Schubertiad, which celebrates the vocal and chamber music of Franz Schubert and his contemporaries through public concerts and educational forums in central Massachusetts, presented by musicians of outstanding ability drawn from across the region. These events are experienced much in the way Schubert and his circle of friends might have done in their own gatherings in the Vienna of his day.

  • September 2009

    Artistic Director of Arts on the Green, a concert series offered by First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury to the town of Shrewsbury, MA and surrounding communities, to make possible a richer and broader experience of the performing arts and other cultural opportunities at the local level. As a historic center of spiritual growth, First Congregational Church supports the important role that the arts have to play in the development of one’s cultural awareness, appreciation of aesthetics, character development, and the formation of social and spiritual values. This new and dynamic series not only provides uplifting entertainment and inspiration, but works to engage people of all ages on a variety of other levels, exposing audiences not only to traditional and well-established cultural traditions, but also more contemporary forms of expression, enabling all of us to gain more insight into the social and cultural concerns of our own time.

  • September 2006

    Malcolm Halliday has led the Master Singers of Worcester since the fall of 1998, after a long association with the chorus as both accompanist and assistant conductor. Under his leadership, the chorus has developed a reputation for dynamic and innovative programming, including Worcester premieres of such works as the Ellington Sacred Concerts, Ruth Watson Henderson’s Voices of Earth, Libbey Larsen’s cantata Eleanor Roosevelt and Gwyneth Walker’s New England Journey, commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the chorus.


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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Pianist, Organist, Conductor
Mailing Address: 
700 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA 01602
Physical Address: 
700 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA 01602
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Solo / Recital
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - General
Music - Chamber
Music - Children's
Music - Choral
Music - Composition
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Native American / Indigenous
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
American Choral Directors Association
American Guild of Organists
United Church of Christ Musicians Association
Choral Arts New England
B.A. in Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory
M.Mus. in Piano Performance, Boston University
Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (FAGO)
2 Fellowships in Vocal Accompanying to Tanglewood
Fellowship in Vocal Accompanying to Blossom Music Festival
Piano Studies at Folkwang Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Tanz in Essen-Werden, Germany

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
varies depending on type of program
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
First Congregational Church
Venue Type: 
Church/Temple Sanctuary Space
Venue Address: 
19 Church Rd
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Venue Phone: 
Stage Details: 
Proscenium Theater
Theater in the Round
Thrust Stage
Seasons Available: 
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dance floor
Dressing room(s)
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Loading dock
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Sound system
Venue Capacity: 
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
Additional Comments: 
Church has multiple performing spaces, though not all are intended primarily for this purpose, such as the meeting house worship space, though it works well for concerts. There is a laos a fellowship hall with a stage.