Michael Betz (b. 1992) is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Mason City, IA and Minneapolis, MN. His compositions are not limited to the concert stage, and have appeared in a variety of media, including Android apps and the YouTube series Chadtronic. Comfortable in both the jazz and classical idioms, he maintains an active performance schedule as a solo and collaborative pianist in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. In July of 2013, he traveled to Paris to take part in the EAMA program, a continuation of Nadia Boulanger’s pedagogy, where he studied composition with David Conte. Two of his chamber works received Finalist designation in the 2013 and 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. He holds a BM in Theory and Composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt.
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Performed by the 2014-2015 St. Olaf Orchestra, cond. Steven Amundson