is a composer, pianist, theorist, and teacher based in Ann Arbor, MI.
Michael is named a composer fellow at the 2016 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (July 31–August 13). It will be an especially exciting event, marking Maestra Marin Alsop’s 25th (and final) year at the helm.
Oriol Sans and the Contemporary Directions Ensemble perform Michael’s Five-Six-Seven-Eight on at Britton Recital Hall in Ann Arbor (April 7).
Michael gives the keynote address at the Bowling Green State University Graduate Conference. As part of his residency, Michael performs the first movement of his Fiddle Suite for cello and piano with Aleks Tengesdal.
The Silver Keys Trio perform Michael’s Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX (March 9) and at the Texas Flute Society’s National Flute Day in Dallas, TX (March 12).
Five-Six-Seven-Eight has been awarded the inaugural Brehm Prize in Instrumental Composition at the University of Michigan.
Cassidy Goldblatt, Bram Margoles, Ryan McDonald, and Kellen Degnan perform Cantorial Airs in a master class with Geri Walthers of the Takács Quartet.
The IU New Music Ensemble performs Five-Six-Seven-Eight again on their winter concert (Auer Hall, Bloomington).
The Indiana University New Music Ensemble performs Five-Six-Seven-Eight as part of the Midwest Composers Symposium (Auer Hall, Bloomington).
Cassidy Goldblatt, Bram Margoles, Ryan McDonald, and Kellen Degnan perform Cantorial Airs on the “write HEAR right NOW” series of new music concerts (Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor).
Michael delivers two papers at the Society for Music Theory national conference in Saint Louis, MO: “Structural Levels in South Indian Music” and “A Closer Look at Harmonic Prolongation in Jazz Performance.”
Michael’s Cantorial Airs featured on a string department concert at the University of Michigan.
The Silver Keys Trio perform Michael’s Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano at the Center for New Music in San Francisco (September 30), San Jose State University (October 1), and Sacramento State University (October 2) as part of their 2015 California tour.
The Indiana University New Music Ensemble will perform Five-Six-Seven-Eight in November 2015 as part of the Midwest Composers Symposium in Bloomington, Indiana.
The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers perform My River Runs to Thee on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat on the Mississippi River, as the culminating event of their “River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain” tour.
Michael is commissioned to compose a new choir and band anthem for Harvard University’s commencement exercises (to be premiered in 2017).
Michael will compose a new chamber work to be premiered at Carnegie Hall as part of the 2015/2016 New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions.
Michael appears as a pianist at Castleton, accompanying Davone Tines at the A Time to Break Silence benefit event hosted by Alec Baldwin.
Anna Rae Schierbeek performs Michael’s “Prelude” for solo cello at the Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound.
The 21st Century Consort premieres Michael’s new arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Night in the City” at the Smithsonian Institute.
The University of Michigan’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble, conducted by Christopher Kendall, performs Michael’s arrangement of “Blackbird” at Britton Recital Hall in Ann Arbor.
Michael’s new commissioned composition, My River Runs to Thee, will be premiered by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers on their upcoming “River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain” tour around Minnesota.
Michael has been commissioned by the Concord Chorus to write a new choral-orchestral work for their 2015-2016 season.
Michael’s Three Wallace Stevens Songs are premiered by Harold Rosenbaum and the New York Virtuoso Singers in Merkin Hall, NYC, on a program featuring premieres by Thea Musgrave and others. Click here to see the listing in the NY Times.
The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, performs Rhapsody in Maize and Blue at the University of Michigan “Collage” concert at Hill Auditorium, featuring Michael as piano soloist.