enjoys a varied musical career primarily as a singer in
choirs, operas, and art song recitals; as a Baroque and modern cellist in solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings; and as a strings teacher. He is known for his engaging, impassioned performances
as well as his demanding, organized, and inspiring teaching approach.
Michael’s voice has been described as “ethereal, almost spooky”, “poignant”, and “gorgeously clarion” (The Hartford Courant), and he has also been described "as good as any male alto I ever expect to hear" (Jay Harvey Upstage - Indianapolis). He has been heard recently in Bach's St. John Passion as alto soloist (Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir), Bach’s B Minor Mass as alto soloist (Concora and Hartford Symphony), Handel’s Alcina as Ruggiero and Xerxes as Arsamenes (Indiana University Opera Theater), and in his newest recital program Veiled (John Waldron Arts Center). In addition, he recently performed with Ensemble Lipzodes at the XIV International Sacred Music Festival in Quito, Ecuador and as a member of the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus in the Tallis Scholars' "Spem in alium" Project.
As a cellist, Michael has appeared as principal of several ensembles including the Commonwealth Opera, QV Ensemble, Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, West Hartford Community Theater, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. He has appeared as soloist with the Kokomo Symphony and the Valparaiso High School Orchestras and has received awards from the Indianapolis Matinee Musical Competition, Indiana University, The Hartt School, Ball State University, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, the Blue Lake Summer Camp, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.
As an educator, Michael has taught on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy, as assistant director of the Fairview and Highland Park Violin Projects in Bloomington, IN, as an associate instructor of music fundamentals at Indiana University, as long-term substitute director of orchestras and instructor of class piano at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, IN, and as a cello, voice, piano, and violin private lesson instructor in Indiana and Connecticut. Some of the musicians with whom he has taught or coached have gone on to win positions with professional, regional, and youth orchestras, and others who have been accepted into national music schools. Additionally, he has appeared as a guest teaching artist with school orchestras in Indiana, Connecticut, and South Carolina; judged for the Hoosier String Auditions, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and for the TASHCO Young Artists Festival; and has presented lecture-workshops at Florida State University and Indiana University. He is currently the director of orchestras and assistant director of choirs at Westminster High School in Colorado.
In addition, Michael has premiered works by Chinese,
Australian, Armenian, and American composers, and his own compositions have been sold in and performed on three continents. Most recently, the documentary "Medic!," including Michael's original musical score, was submitted to be permanently housed in the Library of Congress American Folklore Center.
Michael received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance degree summa cum laude from The Hartt School and a Master of Science in Music Education degree from Indiana University. Throughout his studies he has also worked with professors from many other schools including the Juilliard School, Eastman School, French National Conservatory, and the Royal College of Music. He currently resides in Arvada, CO.
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