Michael Betz (b. 1992) is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in 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. He enjoyed a full 4 years as a percussionist in the St. Olaf Band and Orchestra, and looks forward to singing second bass with Magnum Chorum in their upcoming 25th anniversary season.
In July 2013, Betz 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 2014 and 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In May 2015, he had commissioned works premiered by both the St. Olaf Orchestra and the St. Olaf Band. He is currently producing an album of electronic music, due for release in Fall 2015.
Betz holds a BM in Theory and Composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt.