African-American Orchestra Fellow
Hailing from Texas, Michael spent his high school summers at the St. Mary’s Brass Camp studying with John Carroll, Principal Trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony. Heavily involved in the chamber music program, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and performed with the Center for Chamber Music Brass Quintet. Under the tutelage of Scott Thornburg and Dr. Robert White, he performed with the Graduate Brass Quintet at Western Michigan University where he received the Master of Music degree. Michael is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Michigan State University where he studies with Justin Emerich.
As a soloist, Michael has performed the Chaynes Trumpet Concerto with the Michigan State University and was a semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition.
In February of 2018, Michael was awarded the African American Fellowship with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this, he was appointed to the Third Trumpet position in the Youngstown Symphony in Youngstown, OH. He has also been awarded positions with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival.
In addition to performing, Michael enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, and fitness.