As the Assistant Director of Bands at Bowling Green State University primary responsibilities include providing artistic direction for numerous ensembles made up of graduate students, undergraduate students, non-music majors, and high school academy (community) students. During his time on campus, Michael has also collaborated with the other wind conducting faculty members to guest conduct the top-tier wind ensemble on multiple occasions including on a performance at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, as well as an appearance on the upcoming recording project with Mark Custom Records, which he also produced. Academically, he consistently mentors graduate conducting students on the podium and provides them with weekly individual instruction. Possessing Graduate Faculty Status allows Michael to advise select graduate students in the development of their final portfolios, evaluate their comprehensive exams, and develop a new online graduate course titled Readings in Music Performance. In addition, serving as a member of our Music Education Faculty, provides him the opportunity to teach undergraduate conducting and repertoire courses, as well as music education methods courses, and supervise student teachers. Finally, he maintains active engagement with scholarly research including presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, as well as collaborating on an article for School Band & Orchestra Magazine, and authoring a chapter in the latest Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series published by GIA.
As the Director of Athletic Bands, Michael maintains an active role in budgeting, alumni relations, and development efforts, and work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators across campus to ensure that our program makes a positive contribution to the university community.
Previously as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of South Carolina, he conducted Olivier Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cite Celeste which resulted in my dissertation, a conductor’s guide for the complex chamber work. Michael also served as an Assistant Producer on the USC Wind Ensemble’s recently released Summit Records recording titled Dynasty.
His Public school teaching experience includes serving as a band director at Flower Mound High School and Leonard Middle School, both in Texas.
Michael holds membership in College Band Directors National Association, IGEB (International Society for the Research and Promotion of Wind Music), IMTE (Instrumental Music Teacher Educators), Ohio Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary), Tau Beta Sigma (Honorary), and Pi Kappa Lamda.