The music of award-winning composer Michael Rickelton "seizes the ear" (Gramophone). An experienced composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral works, Michael has a particularly strong and critically-acclaimed affinity for the voice. "There is a quality that distinguishes his music, catching one's ear in beauty and style" (soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson). Recently, his works have been played by the Nashville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Peabody Symphony, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Pacific Chorale's John Alexander Singers, and the Choir of the Washington National Cathedral. He has received awards in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest, the Gregg Smith Choral Composition Contest, the Pacific Choral Young Composers Competition, and from the Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Lipscomb University and The Peabody Conservatory.
As a singer, he performs regularly with organizations throughout the Baltimore and Washington, DC Metroplex. He has performed as an ensemble singer and soloist on recordings produced by Naxos, Gothic, and Decca Records. A native of Charlotte, NC, Michael earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Michael received both his Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in composition from The Peabody Conservatory. His music has been recorded on the Albany and Delos record labels. Michael currently resides in Baltimore with his wife Emily and sons Clayton and AJ.