Having recently retired after a distinguished career at The Santa Fe Opera and The University of Michigan, Michael continues to perform while also providing extended guest residencies at Conservatories and Universities around the world (his most recent Asia Residency schedule is listed below). Michael also anticipates devoting greater quality time towards composition while continuing his research and development with unique quality percussion timbres and supporting products including the one's outlined on this website.
And touring member with
- The Santa Fe Opera, principal percussion (1968 – 2009)
- University of Michigan (1982 – 2010).
- Keiko Abe
- Equilibrium Dance & Percussion Theatre
- Summit Brass
- Blackearth Percussion Group
- New Orleans Philharmonic
- Tone Road Ramblers
- Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
- Galaxy Percussion Group
Recent Asia Tour:
X/01/2010 – X/26/2010
Shenyang International Percussion Festival – Shenyang Conservatory, China
VII/25/2009 – VIII/10/2010
Korea Concert Tour with – Akademie Percussion Ensemble & Galaxy
XII/20/2009 – I/12/2010
- Seoul, Korea - Akademie Percussion Ensemble:
National Museum of Contemporary Art &
Seoul City Concert Hall
- Kagoshima, Japan - Keiko Abe and Takako Nakama
- Seoul National University of the Arts
- Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo
- Shenyang Conservatory, China
- Beijing Central Conservatory, China
- Shanghai Conservatory, China
- Taiwan National University of the Arts
Michael's Recordings appear on: Advance, Opus One, Koch, Columbia/Denon, Columbia, CRI, Orion, SM/EQ and TRR, Gemini, GunMar, Non-Sequitor, Xebec of Japan, Einstein, EQ and New World labels.
Michael has received acclaim for his compositional work including a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to Poland, 1st Prize awarded by the Percussive Arts Society for his Bog Music, and grants including: Office of the Vice President for Research at The University of Michigan for the composition of his first opera, The Shattered Mirror, the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Council for the Arts for the composition of his second opera, Twelve Years A Slave, and a grant from The Institute for Study in the Arts at Arizona State University collaborating with visual artist, Murial Magenta in the 3-D Animated Video and ultimate Gallery Installation, Token City. Michael's Shattered Mirror Suite was premiered by George Manahan and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Apparition, for timpani and orchestra was premiered with Carl Topilow and his National Repertory Orchestra and in the fall of 2009 Michael Premiered his Moon Shadows for solo multiple percussion and band with Michael Haithcock and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. Michael has been a guest faculty artist at the Banff Centre and for the seven years of the International Orchestral Institute held at the Banff Centre.