Secretary Michael (the old pen-name of Michael Laschober) is a St. Louis peace activist with a large catalog of choral compositions that have been put into the public domain and are free to download 
Among his major works:
- "Secular Hymnal"  - a heavily downloaded collection of 144 secular hymns in 2 versions: "full SATB choir" or "Solo";
- "Choral Dialectics"  - each "Dialectic" is a rational argument, battled-out chorally in 4 short movements;
- "Little Machines"  - a collection of 28 very short mechanical works for unaccompanied mixed chorus;
- "Joe Puma - Wild Choir Music"  - a collection of 36 secular shape-note hymns;
- "Candelescence"  - an operetta about a young woman who sets out to be a teacher in a conflict zone (for choirs, soloists, and piano)
- "Aren't We the Lucky Ones"  - a story about a commune of science students who find a way to thrive despite an awareness of determinism; it's a background story to the opera "Candelescence";
BIO: A graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music, Secretary Michael has been an elementary school teacher (teaching Science and Music in both public and private schools), a private piano teacher, the creator of "Junkyard School" (a popular assortment of afterschool programs), a choir director (Oakland Children's Chorus, St. Louis Peace Choir), a maker of weather charts (Metropolitan Weather Charts), a facilitator of science activities (St. Louis Nature Students)  and a longtime St. Louis concert piano tuner/technician (Academy Piano Service).
Today Michael is a volunteer leader of Botany Walks for St. Louis teachers , a volunteer counselor on Discord's "Determinists Support Group" for those troubled by determinism, and a composer of choral works that celebrate peace and egalitarianism .
See also: Secretary Michael's editor page.
List of choral works
- Balance (Choral Dialectic)
- Change (Choral Dialectic)
- Clean Water (Choral Dialectic)
- Jo Puma (Secular Shape-note Hymns)
- Peace Songs for Choir
- Secular Hymnal
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