Associate Professor of Music
Matthew Michelic enjoys a diverse musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Mr. Michelic has been praised in the Denver Post as possessing "an extraordinarily rich viola sound", and the Milwaukee Sentinel viewed his performance of Hindemith's Trauermusik as a "touching, masterful interpretation". He has concertized throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Kenwood, Da Vinci and Delos Quartets, and he has appeared in concert with such artists as Robert McDonald, Jeffrey Solow, the Amelia Piano Trio and the Fine Arts Quartet. Mr. Michelic has recorded on the Orion and CRI labels, has been a featured recitalist on WFMT radio in Chicago, and appears regularly on live chamber music broadcasts of Wisconsin Public Radio as a recitalist and as a member of the Lawrence Chamber Players. He has appeared as recitalist for meetings of the International Viola Congress, the Chicago Viola Society and the International Double Reed Society.
Mr. Michelic has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and has been principal violist of the Waukesha Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. He currently serves as principal violist of the Green Bay Symphony and the Water City Chamber Orchestra. His solo appearances with orchestra include such major works as Harold in Italy, Flos Campi, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and the Frank Martin Ballade.
Mr. Michelic holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Indiana University. He has studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England and the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland. His principal teachers include Bernard Zaslav and Mimi Zweig, and he has performed in the master classes of Paul Doktor, Bruno Giuranna and William Primrose. His chamber music coaches include members of the Cleveland, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Juilliard and Vermeer Quartets.
Mr. Michelic has served as an artist-in-residence at the Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Delaware. His summer faculty appointments have included the Indiana University String Academy, the International School for Musical Arts in Ontario, the Green Lake Music Festival in Wisconsin and the CREDO Chamber Music Program in Oberlin, Ohio. He has presented master classes at schools of music across the United States and at the national conservatories of China (Beijing) and Vietnam (Hanoi).
Currently Mr. Michelic serves on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where his teaching activities include viola, chamber music coaching, orchestral literature for strings and an upper-level course focused on the history of the string quartet. The former students of Mr. Michelic now teach in public school, community school and university settings and perform in professional chamber and orchestral ensembles in both the United States and Europe.
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