Michelle Jacques is the Artistic Director/founder of the CHELLE! and Friends musical ensemble, and also performs with the La Mission Band. Michelle performs educational programs for the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music, interactive arts education programs/workshops at Stern Grove and monthly Summer concerts for Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, California.
Michelle is the founder of the Gospel World Music Chorus, founded and directed the ALA Children's Chorus, teaches at the Cazadero Family Camp, and is an elementary school music conductor for Oakland Youth Chorus, LEAP|Arts in Education in the San Francisco school district, and former director of Young Performers International Chorus in Marin.
Michelle is a founding member of the Street Sounds a cappella quintet. Michelle toured throughout the United States and Europe performing with, and alongside, well known artists including: Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Linda Hopkins, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Pete Seger, Al Greene, and The Persuasions. Michelle also performed in Geneva, Switzerland, for the United Nations World Conference of Human Rights, the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Gurten Music Festival, and The Berne Jazz Festival.
Michelle's credits include: recipient of the City of Oakland, Individual Artist grant for 2008, winner of the 1992, Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) for "Best Folk/Progressive Song", "Home Africa", studio recordings with the renowned producer Greg Landau, including, Pamela Rodriguez, Susana Baca, Kepa Junkera, and soundtrack for the Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2010 movie "La Mission" with Benjamin Bratt, and served on the board of directors of Arts First Oakland.