Organization: American Symphony Orchestra League
Instrument / Position: French Hornist and Labor Representative
Bio: A hornist, Michael spent his early years touring with “Miss Saigon," “Les Miserables," and The New York City Opera National Company..His service as a union steward sparked an interest in labor and representation, which led him to working at The American Federation of Musicians, where he headed the AFM's Touring, Theatre, and Immigration Services Division.
Michael was a 2006/2007 Fellow in the League of American Orchestras' Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, and was the League's Director of Artistic Programs following the Fellowship. He enjoyed working with many talented conductors, musicians and composers across the field.
Michael left the League to return to performing, and enjoyed a nearly three-year run with "Disney's The Lion King" in Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, he served as a para-professional in the Clark County School District, working with young brass players in middle and high school.
Michael currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he has recently re-joined the American Federation of Musicians, in the Electronic Media Services Division.
Michael has written about arts and labor for for the AFM’s International Musician, Symphony magazine, and Polyphonic.org.
Michael co-wrote, with Angela Chan, the one-act musical "Legacy of the Tiger Mother." It is the first musical to be set at a piano recital, and has enjoyed productions in Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Adelaide, Australia. www.tigermotherthemusical.com