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Dr. Michelle Rae Martin-Atwood holds a Master of Music (2001) and a Doctor of Musical Arts (2009) in pipe organ performance and literature as well as a Sacred Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with David Higgs and a Bachelor of Music (1999) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton under the tutelage of Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht. Michelle has been coached by leading performers and scholars such as Hans-Ola Ericsson, Martin Haselbck, Michael Gailit, Catharine Crozier, Robert Glasgow, Andrea Maron, Simon Preston, Carole Terry and Andrs Cea Galn.
Michelle has been an invited performer in such prestigious events as the conference Aspects of American Organ Building in the Twentieth-Century (Rochester, NY), the American Guild of Organists Young Artists Recital (Oneonta, NY) and a memorial concert in Gteborg, Sweden, for the victims of the 2005 Tsunami. Michelle has received numerous scholarships and grants including a Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Study of Music in Austria, A Canada Council for the Arts Grant to Professional Musicians and three Saskatchewan Arts Board Grants to Professional Musicians. She was a semi-finalist in the 2002 Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition and a competitor in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance in 2003-04.
Michelle is pursuing a career in organ performance, specializing in minimalist music and has commissioned new works such as a private symbol... (2001) by Randall Hall and Tremors of Nostalgia (2002) by Aaron Travers. She particularly enjoys instrumental collaboration having performed with international award-winning artists such as saxophonists, Dr. Randall Hall and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, guitarists, Dr. Ken Meyers and Dr. Nathan Fischer, trombonist, Dr. Mark Hartman, duos with fellow organists, and dance and organ with the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble.
Michelle is currently working as project manager and performer for a recording of new organ works by Eastman composers and an album of organ plus other instruments. At the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, she teaches music theory to non-music majors, Introduction to the Pipe Organ for Use in Worship, Beginning Piano for Adults as well as offering private music lessons.