...engrossing, engaging, and consistently compelling. Rickelton writes with a distinctive and expansive voice.
(Tom Hall - Music Director Emeritus
Baltimore Choral Arts Society)

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). Michael's choral, solo, chamber, and orchestra works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. 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 and honors in the Bluffton College Choral Composition Contest, the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest, the Southeastern Composers' League Arnold Sallop Memorial Composition Contest, the Meistersingers 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.

Michael is also an active performer and educator, serving on the music faculties of The Peabody Conservatory, The Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University. 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, where he studied composition with Dr. Jerome Reed. Michael also attended the European American Musical Alliance program at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France, studying in the pedagogical traditions of Nadia Boulanger, and with composers Claude Baker and Narcís Bonet. Michael received both his Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in composition from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he studied with Michael Hersch. Recent seasons have included stints as composer-in-residence with The Bridge Ensemble and St. David's Episcopal Church in Baltimore. His composition Pentecost for SATB chorus and piano was recently recorded by The John Alexander Singers and released on Delos records. In the fall of 2017, Albany Records released Time and Memory, a recording dedicated to Michael's works for solo voice and piano. The album includes wonderful performances by talented young artists James Reese, Matt Sullivan, Molly Young, Ta-Wei Tsai, and Hsiao-Ying Lin. Michael currently resides in Baltimore with his wife Emily and sons Clayton and AJ.