"an enviable collaborator with the ability to sound like an orchestra, or as transparent as the blue sky."
- Vocal Arts Chicago
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Michael is currently a DMA candidate in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studies collaborative piano with Casey Robards and Michael Tilley, and composition with Carlos Carrillo. He was the 2019 recipient of the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Award in Vocal Accompanying.
As a composer, Michael has been hailed as "harmonically gorgeous", with a desire to "hear more from him". He has had pieces premiered by the DeMarina Trio, Plexus Collective, Bel Canto Children's Chorus, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, the Momenta Quartet, and ModernMedieval.