Michael Gilbertson composes chamber music, choral music, opera, and ballet for national institutions including Minnesota Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, New England Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and choirs including Musica Sacra, The Crossing, and The Esoterics. Michael’s music has earned five Morton Gould Awards, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a BMI Student Composer Award. Rehearsing a Dream, a 2006 documentary nominated for an Academy Award, feature Michael’s work. Michael has composed five ballets, including commissions from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and the New York Choreographic Institute.
Michael founded and currently serves as artistic director of ChamberFest Dubuque in his hometown. Presently composer-in-residence with Red Cedar Chamber Music, Michael has also taught at The Walden School, The Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Northeast Iowa School of Music, and as a lecturer at the Yale School of Music. Michael holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music.