Michael is currently a substitute violinist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra, and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic. He was previously a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
In the studio, Michael has recorded for many away winning albums, video games, and movie soundtracks including Leonard Balada’s The Death of Columbus on NAXOS, Song Playstation’s Uncharted 4, Aliens: Colonial marines, The Unfinished Swan, MGM’s soundtrack to Home of the Brave, as well as on recordings for OneRepublic, Keb Mo, Darryl Worley, David Phelps, Caitlin Rose, Larnelle Harries, and Sandi Patti.
One of the highlights of Michael’s career was performing live on WSM at the Grand Ole Opry with country music legend Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys. Michael also has performed live with multiple Grammy Award winning artists including Casting Crowns, Gungor, Paper Route, Michael W. Smith, Selah, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, and Matthew West.
Michael graduated with honors from Cargnegie Mellon University where he studied with Cyrus Forough, and also received a Masters of Music degree in violin performance from Belmont University as a student of Elisabeth Small. In the summers, Michael has been on the faculty of Belmont’s String Crossings Camp, and is currently a violin faculty member of the MasterWorks Festival.
While preparing for orchestral auditions, the lack of resources for violinists led Michael to create www.OrchestraExcerpts.com a resource which helps musicians prepare for and have a positive audition experience. He is also the host of the PerService Podcast, which can be found in iTunes.
Michael and his wife Angie, a counseling professor at Grace College, live in Winona Lake, Indiana with their son Ryan and tyrannical cat, “Mice-tro”.