Michael Twomey

Described by Robert C. Marsh of the Chicago Sun Times as “a composer of considerable imagination and talent,” Michael Twomey began composing at 13 at the suggestion of his piano teacher. At 17, he became the youngest recipient of a grant from the Montana Arts Council. His list of works from 1985 to 2020 numbers over 90 in various genres ranging from orchestral music, to works for solo instruments, piano, and chamber music with various instrumental combinations. After graduating with High Honors from the University of Montana (where he received a full scholarship to study composition with Donald O. Johnston and violin with Walter Olivares), he was one of 20 national recipients of a Community Concerts Young Artist Fellowship which covers total tuition to the school of the student’s choice. After master’s studies at Northwestern University, where he was a student of Stephen Syverud and Alan Stout, he went on to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he was also a member of the Goucher College Chamber Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. After completing studies at Peabody, as a student of the late Morris Moshe Cotel, he served as a faculty member at Northern Michigan University, Dickinson College, Our Lady of the Lake University (where he received the Provost’s “Over the Top” Award for excellence in service to the university community), and received a teaching fellowship to West Virginia

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