Composer . Producer . Pianist . Percussionist . Vocalist
  • Emergence (2014-2015) Emergence (2014-2015) for concert band
  • Enclosure (2014-2015) Enclosure (2014-2015) for full orchestra
  • Indra's Ear (2015) Indra's Ear (2015) song cycle
  • Tombeau(x) (2015) Tombeau(x) (2015) sinfonietta for living and dead technologies
  • Fanfare on "Dies Irae" (2015) Fanfare on "Dies Irae" (2015) for 9 timpani, 2 players
  • A Clear Midnight (2013) A Clear Midnight (2013) for SSAATTBB choir

     
Latest News Entries
New Music Uploaded

New Music Uploaded

I’ve finally gotten lots of new music uploaded to YouTube and SoundCloud, all from the last year. I’ve embedded each piece below in chronological order of performance for your convenience. Clicking on the piece title will take you to a page with more information about that piece. A Clear Midnight (2013) for SSAATTBB choir Fanfare...

Enclosure featured on Composers Circle

Today, my piece Enclosure (2014-2015) is being featured on Composers Circle!  Thank you to the St. Olaf Orchestra for their great performance!

String Quartet No. 2 – 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Finalist

I am pleased to announce that my second string quartet was named a Finalist in this year’s ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards!
"Byte Me" Featured on DNNR PRTY Compilation

“Byte Me” Featured on DNNR PRTY Compilation

My track Byte Me has been featured on the First Feast: DNNR PRTY Spring 2014 CD Compilation. DNNR PRTY is a student organization at St. Olaf College. Below is the description from the DNNR PRTY Facebook page: DNNR PRTY creates a hub for alternative musicians striving for excellence in their craft and representation. We’re dedicated...
"A Clear Midnight" Premiere - Globe Gazette Article

“A Clear Midnight” Premiere – Globe Gazette Article

“Impulse” – 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Finalist

I am pleased to announce that my piece “Impulse” received Finalist designation in the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards competition. I didn’t win or receive Honorable Mention, but hey, it’s something.

Vine Orchestra Premiere

I was recently involved in the “Vine Orchestra” project [website, Twitter]: a call for scores of pieces 6 seconds or less in duration, for a 2- to 20-member subset of a specified instrumentation. Over 150 compositions were entered, and 52 compositions were performed and recorded on December 1st. One of my scores was selected for...

Media Players Migrated to SoundCloud

In an effort to better integrate all of my various areas of online presence, I have replaced the previous media players that streamed from my server with SoundCloud players. There are a few stragglers; I did not originally deem some sounds to be SoundCloud-worthy, so those still use the streaming media player. I may eventually...
July 2013: EAMA Composition Program + Paris

July 2013: EAMA Composition Program + Paris

It has been quite some time since I have posted anything on this blog, which is an unfortunate trend that I plan to rectify beginning with this post. I just returned from Paris, France after having spent the month of July living there and taking part in the EAMA (European-American Musical Alliance) Summer Composition Program....

Roseville Area High School (MN) to Perform “Two Movements for Wind Quintet”

UPDATE: The performance was postponed to February 12, 2013. The students played Mvt. II. —– I am pleased to announce that a student quintet from Roseville Area High School in Roseville, MN will be performing Two Movements for Wind Quintet!  The performance will be December 4th at 7:30 PM.  I adapted the original contrabassoon part...
Arcis Audio Creation

Arcis Audio Creation

I recently completed the music and sound effects for Arcis, Nathan Tornquist‘s latest release, a tower defense game that combines traditional tower defense gameplay with a more involved arcade playing style. This is not my first collaboration with Nathan.  When we were in the 6th grade, we both got the book Game Programming for Teens by...

This Page is Under Construction

Michaelbetzmusic.com is under construction at the moment.  If somehow you have stumbled upon it in its unpublicized state, please feel free to return once everything is ready! Thanks, Michael Betz