As a pianist and organist, Michael performs regularly with some of the best jazz musicians in Maine and New Hampshire. He has played at numerous venues including the State Theatre, Merrill Auditorium, and Port City Music Hall. Michael graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Piano Performance (Jazz Concentration), from the University of Southern Maine. He studied with many acclaimed musicians including Thomas Snow, Laura Kargul, Ben Waltzer, and Vardan Ovsepian. Michael teaches at his Portland studio in addition to Bates.