Michael creates a diverse range of choral, pop, jazz, electronic music, and concert media, all in hopes of making deep connections with real people.
In 2015, he had original compositions premiered at the Minnesota All-State, Kansas All-State, and ACDA National conferences. Much of his work is published by Walton Music (GIA) and Hinshaw Music, and he has several self-published works available at mikeemusic.com. As a clinician and guest conductor, Michael has appeared with the West Virginia ACDA All-State Honors Chamber Choir, the University of Louisville Choral Invitational, the Millikin Vocal Jazz Festival, and three Illinois District Vocal Jazz Choirs. He has had the great fortune to collaborate with major artists such as Ben Folds (from NBC’s The Sing Off), Abraham Laboriel (bass player for Michael Jackson and others), Patti Austin (Grammy award-winning vocalist), Kerry Livgren (Kansas), the Kansas City Chorale (Grammy award-winning choral ensemble), Cantus (men’s ensemble), and Chapter 6 (jazz a cappella group).
Michael currently serves as Artistic Director for The Singing City, a non-profit that aims to unite the entire city of St. Louis, Missouri, in song for one night each year. Plans are in motion to produce a city-wide holiday carol singing event during the 2016 holiday season with the goal breaking the current world record for carol singers (25,382) while providing a powerful symbol of hope and unity for the St. Louis community.
A native of Woodstock, Illinois, his choral music chops grew immensely at Millikin University, where he got his undergrad degree and later served on the music faculty alongside his dear friend and mentor, Brad Holmes, as well as many other cherished colleagues. He has a Masters in Choral Conducting from SIU Edwardsville, where he also studied composition at the graduate level.
To commission a piece or hire him for any of his services, please e-mail Michael.
My services generally fit into one of the 3 categories below, but don’t be afraid to contact me with any request you might have.