Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Music Instruction
Art is about celebrating the good things in life. My goal is to help students discover how to discover and communicate those good things within the art forms of music, singing, and various types of live performance.
- DMA, voice performance and literature, The University of Illinois
- MM, voice performance, Florida State University
- BM, music, Liberty University
- Musical Theater performance
- Voice Performance
- German Diction
Areas of Expertise
- Entrepreneurship and the Arts
- Acting Methods for Singers
- Acting for the camera
- The crossover singer
- Overcoming Stage-fright
Performer, Director, Producer, Author.
Michael's twenty-year career in the arts spans a wide and diverse array of experiences. He began as a musical theatre performer in his late teens before attending Liberty University for a general degree in music. He subsequently attended Florida State University and the University of Illinois where he studied with leading baritone, Nathan Gunn. An Actor's Equity Member, Michael has performed many roles including Tony in West Side Story, The Baker in Into The Woods, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Sid in Albert Herring, the title role in Don Giovanni and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast with the Walt Disney Company. He has written and produced a successful one man show called 'Heroes and Villains' which he tours. Michael has appeared as a singer and actor for many commercials, recorded projects and concerts, most notably with the Nashville Chamber Singers and as the baritone soloist for Michael Dougherty's Letters From Lincoln.
Michael has taught voice and directed theatre productions for several colleges including Rollins College, Seminole State College and the University of Illinois to name a few. His directing credits include shows such as The Light In The Piazza, Sondheim's Company, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Magic Flute and Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict. Michael also founded the Program for Lyric Theatre in Italy, a summer language immersion program for singers which teaches students the skills of marketing, business, and performance techniques. His acting students have landed national TV and film jobs while many of his classical voice students have found international success. Michael is on the board of several arts organizations for whom he is always searching for new talent. Most recently, Michael became the chairperson of the new festival, The Playalinda Festival Of The Arts.
- The integration of social media and classical music