Prior to joining Lyric Opera Studio Weimar as Director of Communications and Administration in 2011, Michelle enjoyed a successful career in arts management and fund development in Canada. Most recently, she worked as Director of Development with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and prior to that as Director of Donor Services for the Victoria Foundation.

Among her many professional endeavours, Michelle also worked as a professional mezzo soprano, equally at home on both the operatic and concert stage. Her work in opera and operetta took her across Canada and to Europe in roles that included Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, the title role in Giulio Cesare, the Sorceress in Dido & Aeneas, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus and Katisha in The Mikado.