Anthony Cao has been the Director of Choirs at Madison West High School since 2004. He teaches Freshman Chorale, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Popular Vocal Styles, History of American Popular Music, and Hip Hop Studies.
Cao received his bachelor's in music education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002, where he was named a winner of the annual student concerto competition. He also twice won the National Association for the Teachers of Singing auditions in 2000 and 2001. In 2010, he received a master's degree in music education, also from UW, where he was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship.
Cao has worked as guest clinician/composer with choirs throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Equally comfortable in many genres of music, he stays active as a pianist/vocalist, including his all-request show every week at The Ivory Room.
He has been artistic director of Madison Chamber Choir since 2007, chorus master of Madison Opera since 2010, and most importantly Daddy to Eloise since August, 2011 and Sebastian since May, 2014.