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Schelle, Michael

Professor - Music/Composer-in-Residence


Lilly Hall - 216


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Music composition (classical, modern, jazz); film music

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Works have been commissioned and performed by many major orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the major orchestras of Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Louisville, Cleveland, Chicago (Grant Park Symphony Summer Series), Birmingham, Indianapolis, Springfield (MA), Dayton, Albany, Albuquerque, Arkansas, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Greenwich (CT) Orchestra and Chorus; other performances include the Western Wind Ensemble (Seattle), Syracuse Group for New Music (Merkin Hall, NYC), the ISIS (Dallas), XTET (Los Angeles), Voices of Change (TX), and Pittsburgh new music ensembles and numerous university symphonic bands/wind ensembles/chamber groups; international performances include Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland), the Czestochowa Philharmonic (Poland), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica), the Honolulu Symphony New Music Series, and the Koenig Ensemble of London

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)


Degrees from Villanova University, Butler University, the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford (CT), University of Minnesota

Composition grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation (NYC), the Welsh Arts Council (Cardiff), the International Percussive Arts Society, the American Pianists Association (the commissioned/required new etude for 12 semi-finalists, 1995), the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (Utah), Arts Midwest, Indiana Arts Commission, the Mid-American Conference CBDNA, Great Lakes Arts Alliance, the Indiana State Orchestra Consortium (11 member orchestras), BMI and ASCAP; First Prize (1987) Inter-American Competition for New Orchestral Works (South America); First Prize (1985) "Music in the Mountains" National Competition for new orchestral works (NY); twice a Pulitzer Prize nominee (1988, for Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra; and 1994 for Spirits); Distinguished Composer of the Year (1989) by the Music Teachers National Association and was the featured guest composer at the national conference in Wichita, Kan.

Professional Experience
Composer-in-residence at the Spoleto USA Festival (Charleston, SC), the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts (Virginia), the Center for New Music at Duquesne University and at the MacDowell Artists Colony (NH); guest composer at colleges and new music festivals across the country