Michelle Humphreys is Towson University Percussion Coordinator; she teaches percussion lessons, directs the Towson University Percussion Ensemble, and oversees studio activities.
Singled out as “musically outstanding and visually delightful” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and for her ability to make “the intent of the music come to life” (Broadway World), Michelle plays percussion and timpani with ensembles around the east coast of the US (including Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, Washington Bach Consort, and Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra), and also as soloist—the last four seasons have included concertos with Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Band Directors Band, and Shepherd University Wind Ensemble.
Michelle has recorded seven French Baroque operas with Opera Lafayette for the Naxos label, including several modern-day premieres, and also can be heard on the recent Chandos recordings Comédie et Tragédie, Vol. 1 + 2 with Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare.
Michelle serves on the artist faculty of National Music Festival, and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, a frequent clinician, and a proud endorser of Grover Pro Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University, a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland College Park.