Influenced heavily by the music of Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and classical and contemporary composers alike, Michael has developed works for choir, orchestra, and several large works including the oratorio "In God’s Light," the cantata "The Solemn Blessings," and collections of suites and impressions for vocal and instrumental groups. Michael's passion for composing and arranging music has fused his interests of jazz and improvisation with his love of classical music styles and contemporary textures, giving the listener a “painting of sound.” Michael’s selections have been premiered by numerous organizations and are available through Shirtz Music Press.
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