composer, educator, pianist
Michael Bies is a composer, educator, and occasional pianist who resides in Columbia, SC. His music has been performed around the country at festivals such as the Brevard Music Festival, Festival Miami, and the Frontwave Music Festival. As an educator, he has taught on theory and composition faculties at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of South Carolina where he is currently Adjunct Faculty of Theory. He has participated in reading sessions with Brooklyn Rider, Imani Winds, and with cellist Craig Hultgren. Bies is a DMA Candidate in composition at the University of South Carolina where he has studied with John Fitz Rogers. Outside of music, he enjoys preparing home cooked meals, brewing a good beer, collecting peanut butter on a fresh celery rib for consumption, and catching as many Syracuse Orange Basketball games as possible (Go Cuse!).