B i o g r a p h y
A faculty member at Bates College, Michael performs regularly with some of the best jazz musicians in Maine and New Hampshire. He has played at numerous venues including the State Theatre, Merrill Auditorium, and Port City Music Hall. Michael graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Piano Performance (Jazz Concentration), from the University of Southern Maine, where he was named Presser Scholar. He studied with many acclaimed musicians including Thomas Snow, Laura Kargul, Ben Waltzer, and Vardan Ovsepian.
Michael specializes in teaching jazz/blues, pop/rock and classical music to students aged 12 and up. He incorporates modern and classical techniques, as well as ear training and music theory into his comprehensive approach. He is able to tailor his teaching to the goals and interests of each student by drawing on his diverse musical background.
Michael has extensive experience as a church musician, including serving as the music director of West Kennebunk United Methodist Church from 2013-2015. He currently serves at Bridgton Congregational Church on their recently refurbished 1930 Estey pipe organ. He is particularly drawn to African American gospel music. As an instructor, Michael has enjoyed teaching a variety of students since 2008.