Composer and Percussionist
Michael Standard is a composer and percussionist. His compositions seek a singular voice from explorations into expressions of human spirit, scientific exploration, contemplative practice, and communicative principles. Each of his works is formulated with its own identity, while remaining conscientious of its social and artistic context. Michael organized a series of performances of his chamber work while living in Atlanta, including Beltline Aviary, a flute/percussion duet commissioned by Art on the Beltline, based on birdsongs common around the City of Atlanta. He also composed and premiered the duet Cynomys: on Distraction with saxophonist Reese Burgan (Lone Star College, TX) in 2016. Michael's composition "New Number" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Inaugural GSU Wind Band Composition Competition. His work, mechanics to wit for piano and electronics, was selected for a performance at the 2018 Electroacoustic Barn Dance in Jacksonville, FL, and his brass quintet, (Un)becoming, was premiered by the Atlantic Brass Quintet for the inaugural Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY. Michael recently completed a tabla concerto for Shawn Mativetsky and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. Current projects include a Horn Concerto for Eric Hawkins (University of West Georgia) and the McCormick Percussion Group.
Michael maintains an active performance career as a freelance musician. Most recently, he traveled to Saratoga Springs, NY to perform with the Mostly Modern Orchestra. In the summer of 2015, Michael traveled to Schladming, Austria to perform as a part of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP), the flagship ensemble of the wind music festival, Mid Europe. Michael has also attended the So Percussion Summer Institute as a performer, where he worked closely with the members of So Percussion and performed works of their core repertoire. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music degree from Georgia State University, studying composition with Robert Scott Thompson. While living in Atlanta, Michael taught music theory and composition for the inaugural Atlanta Music Project Summer Series and Charles R. Drew Charter School. He also taught percussion at the Atlanta International School. Michael currently studies with Baljinder Sekhon and Robert McCormick while working toward the Master’s Degree in Composition and Percussion at the University of South Florida in Tampa as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.