College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music


Faculty & Staff

Michael Rickelton

Part-Time Faculty

Office:   CA 3095
Phone:   410-704-2839
Fax:   410-704-2841

An award-winning composer, Michael Rickelton writes for a variety of ensembles. His choral, solo, chamber and orchestra works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Recently, his works have been played by the Nashville, Baltimore and Peabody Symphony Orchestras, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the Pacific Chorale’s John Alexander Singers. In 2004 his a cappella choral piece Calm the Waves of this Heart, placed second in the Bluffton College Choral Composition Contest; it was also a finalist in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest. In 2005 his setting of Emerson's Concord Hymn, Concord, for voice and piano, won first place in the Southeastern Composers' League Arnold Sallop Memorial Composition Contest. He was also a finalist in the first annual Meistersingers Choral Composition Contest for Tenebrae factae sunt. In 2007 Rickelton was named the Southern Division winner in the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) composition competition for his Arroyo for String Quartet (third movement from String Quartet). Two years later his Sonata for piano was selected to be played the first annual Huntsville New Music Festival.  His Sonata for Solo Violin was selected for the same festival in 2012.  In 2010 And After the Dark was selected by the American Composers Orchestra in conjunction with Meet the Composer to be included in the EarShot program presented by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  Recently his setting of Dana Gioia’s Pentecost was named the winner of the 2011 Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest and of the 2012 Pacific Choral Young Composers Competition.


A native of Charlotte, NC, Rickelton earned the BM degree in music education from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, where he studied composition with Dr. Jerome Reed. In the summer of 2005, he received a scholarship to attend the European American Musical Alliance program at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, studying with Claude Baker and Narcis Bonet. He received his master's degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and is currently a DMA candidate there, under the direction of Michael Hersch.  He remains active as a teacher and singer and currently resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife Emily and son Clayton.  He maintains the following website:








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