MICHAEL SCHELLE (b. 1950 in Philadelphia) : raised in Bergen County, northern New Jersey, Schelle graduated from Northern Highlands Regional High School where, as Captain of the track team, he held the all-state distance records in javelin, shot put and hammer for three years running. Now 30 years running as Composer in Residence at Butler University’s School of Music in Indianapolis, he has been 2X a Pulitzer Prize nominee, recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Composition Prize, a ﬁnalist for the International Humour in Poetry Competition (Paris), a published author (ﬁlm music book) and restaurant critic (Indianapolis).
Schelle’s music has been commissioned and/or performed by over 300 orchestras, wind bands and professional chamber ensembles across the US and abroad including the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Greenwich (CT) Orchestra and Chorus, Honolulu Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Missouri Symphony, the District 99 Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), the New York Festival Orchestra, the principal orchestras of Albany (NY), Tulsa, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, North Carolina, Springﬁeld (Mass), New Jersey, New Mexico, Knoxville,
Evansville, Fort Collins (CO), Fort Smith (AR) and Fort Wayne (IN); the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, New World Chamber Orchestra, Orkestra Projekt, Columbus Pro Musica, XTET (Los Angeles), Voices of Change (Dallas), SONOR (San Diego), ISIS New Music Ensemble (Austin), Urban Quartet of Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Eastman School of Music New Music Group. His music for symphonic winds has been commissioned and/or performed by dozens of the most prestigious wind ensembles across the U.S. including Eastman, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan, Arizona State, Indiana University, Kansas State, Michigan State, University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, University of Nebraska, Ithaca, New Mexico, Ohio State University, Oklahoma, Florida, SUNY, USC, LSU, etc.
Recent critically-acclaimed international performances of Schelle’s music have included Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland), the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra (Moscow), the St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Philharmonic, Czestochowa Philharmonic (Poland), Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica), Koenig Ensemble of London, Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival (Cardiff, Wales), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), CoMET (Contemporary Music Ensemble of Tokyo), 2009 Firenza International Music Festival (Italy), the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Performing Arts Center Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2012), and in Ningbo, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Beijing, Brussels, Berlin, Bombay, Budapest, Bucharest, Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam.
Schelle has received composition grants and awards from many prestigious arts organizations including the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), the Rockefeller Foundation (NYC), American Symphony Orchestra League (NYC), League of American Orchestras “Music Alive” program,Organization of American States (OAS), Welsh Arts Council (Cardi”, Wales UK), International Percussive Arts Society, the 2012 National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Prize, American Pianists Association, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (UT), Great Lakes Arts Alliance, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Arts Commission, Indiana Arts Commission, New York State Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NPR, ASCAP and BMI.
Schelle has held numerous extended composition residencies in the USA including the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire), Spoleto USA Festival (Charleston, SC), Wolf Trap Center for the Performing
Arts (Virginia), ICAM (Institute of Contemporary American Music), the Albuquerque Youth Symphony
Program and the Finger Lakes Music Festival (upstate NY). He has been the featured Guest Composer for ALL-SCHELLEMUSIK programs, masterclasses and lectures at many leading institutions across the US including the University of Massachusetts, University of Kansas, University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, Catholic University of America, Louisiana State University, Washington State University, Ohio State University, California Lutheran University, Eastern Michigan University, Syracuse University, University of Notre Dame, Trinity University, Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of New Mexico, Carnegie Mellon, Kent State University, Capital University, Old Dominion, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USC, UCLA, NYU, and various SUNYs. Recent international Guest Composer residencies have included: Nagoya Imperial University (Japan), Aichi Prefectural University (Yazako, Nagakute, Japan), The People’s Power Grid University School of Music (Beijing, China), and the National University of San Jose / Orquesta Sinfonica
Schelle holds degrees from Villanova University (theatre), the Hartt School of Music, Trinity College of Music, London, UK, (diploma) and a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. His composition teachers have included Aaron Copland, Arnold Franchetti (student of Richard Strauss), Eric Stokes, Paul Fetler (student of Hindemith and Boris Blacher) and Dominick Argento. Schelle’s works are published by Keiser Classical / Hal Leonard (New York / St. Louis), Silman-James Press (Los Angeles, CA), Indiana University Press, European American Music, American Composers Edition (NYC) and commercially recorded by CRS (Philadelphia), Innova (Boston), and Albany Records (NYC / London).