About

img_3152Michael grew up playing in the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band under the direction of Pipe Major Jim Clough.  For over 20 years Michael has competed and performed with the Frasers across the Northeastern United States and Canada and is currently Pipe Major of the Frasers grade 4 band.

Michael performs a wide range of music in a number of diverse settings.  He has been a featured piper with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Michael holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in vocal performance and has also been a vocal soloist with Mercury Opera Rochester, Opera Ithaca, Ithaca College Opera, Triphammer Arts, Nazareth College Opera, and the Mohawk Valley Choral Society.  His comfort in musical styles ranging from classical to folk has led him to bridge the gap with several of his own compositions for bagpipes and orchestra. Michael currently works as a choral director at the State University of New York at Cortland.

Teaching

Michael has many years of experience teaching individuals, group lessons, and band workshops.  He is available for lessons in person or via Skype.  Lessons can include, but certainly aren’t limited to, technique and skills building, new repertoire, tone and tuning, and theory and music reading skills.  In addition to his experience in the piping world, he also holds a degree in music education and teaches both elementary age students and at SUNY Cortland. Michael feels strongly about lessons that follow a logical path of skills development, giving you tools to grow as a musician.

News

Michael will be an instructor at the 2019 Piper’s Gathering,
August 16, 17, 18 in Litchfield, CT.

Performing

Michael has a number of different projects going on.  His most active group at the moment is Arise & Go. Check out the band’s new album Meeting Place (release March 2019) in The Shop.

Click below for past performance highlights