B.M. (Tennessee); M.M. (Michigan); A.Mus.D. (Michigan)
Associate Professor of Composition
Michael Kurek is an American composer whose music, hailed for its lush melodicism, has garnered performances by numerous symphony orchestras and chamber groups worldwide. It has been featured on many radio broadcasts and profiled in national print media. Kurek has received many awards for his music, including the prestigious Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (the Academy’s top lifetime achievement award), also awards from the American Symphony Orchestra League, BMI, NEA and others. Nationally active in NARAS (the Recording Academy), Kurek is a popular guest composer at universities and as an adjudicator of national composition contests. He holds the doctorate in composition from the University of Michigan.