Michael Clayville

Visiting Assistant Professor

Michael Clayville is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Social Engagement. He is a musician who is passionate about drawing audiences deeply into the art of sound. His abilities as a trombone soloist, chamber musician, and improviser have taken him to prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, the Barbican (London) and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ (Amsterdam) and have led to him working with some of the most prominent classical and popular artists today including Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich, John Adams, John Luther Adams, Charles Wuorinen, and David Lang, and experimental groups like Medeski Martin and Wood, and the Dirty Projectors. 

Michael is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, a group that has been awarded the ASCAP Concert Music Award for "the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century” and which has been called the “future of classical music” by The New York Times. As a recording artist Michael can be heard on Nonesuch Records, Decca, Cantaloupe Records, Klavier, and Mark Records.

Michael is committed to expanding the role of what it means to be a 21st century musician. His work often takes him beyond the concert hall and into the broader community and frequently involve extra-musical elements including movement, lighting, and video. In addition to performing, Michael is also the Director of Marketing for Alarm Will Sound. Michael is proud to have served on the brass faculty at Dickinson and Messiah Colleges where his work also included developing a new ensemble dedicated to collaboration and improvisation. Michael is a graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the Eastman School of Music

Contact by e-mail: michael.clayville@lawrence.edu