Michael Mikulka

Composer Info

Michael Mikulka

Michael Mikulka has written well over 100 pieces with varied styles, lengths, and instrumentations. His music has been premiered by several artists and ensembles, including the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, The Young Eight String Octet, the Halcyon Trio, the Seattle University String Quartet, the University of Texas Symphonic Band, the Humboldt Brass Faculty Octet, and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. His music has been premiered in venues such as the
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, North Carolina's Progress Energy Center, Dallas's Meyerson Symphony Center, and Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

Michael was a winner or finalist in the Young Eight (2006), Montclair Art Museum ‘Pictures’ (2008), Western Michigan New Music Project (2009),
Humboldt Brass (2009, 2011), Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (2010), Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Fanfare (2012), Vox Novus 15 Minutes of Fame (“Parhelion Trio” [2012], “Peter Reit, Horn” [2012]), and "Crane Harp Ensemble" [2013]), Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Voices of Change Texas Young Composers Project (2013), Frank Ticheli (2013, two pieces chosen),
and Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (2013) composition contests.

Michael was also commissioned to write a low string quartet for the Opus Prize award ceremony (2008), and has had music selected for performance
by the CSU Bakersfield Concert Band (2011), the SCI Region VI Convention (2012), and University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (2013, three pieces chosen).

Michael is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition at the University of Texas, where he has studied with Donald Grantham, Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Dan Welcher. He completed his MM in Composition at Central Michigan University (studying with David Gillingham), and received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Rutgers University, where he co-founded the Rutgers Undergraduate Composers Recital.

He is a horn player (plays on a Conn 28D), and has recently performed as a member of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra,
New Music Ensemble, Wind Symphony, University Orchestra, and Horn Choir. In addition, he has been a part of several recent chamber music premieres.

Michael is the founder and operator of newbandmusic.com, which was created in early 2013 to catalog, organize, and promote self-published wind band music, providing band directors with a more high quality, stylistically varied, and affordable alternative to the traditional publishing companies. He is also the creator and conductor of the Vine Orchestra, which was formed in October 2013 and has resulted in the premiere of 52 (less than six second) pieces.

Michael grew up in rural New Jersey, which is actually not an oxymoron. After a childhood that consisted primarily of playing sports and catching
literally tens of thousands of fish, he eventually became an avid cook, a frequent reader of comedy and science non-fiction, a staunch feminist, and an inveterate sriracha enthusiast. He remains a fan of the New York Giants, New Jersey Devils, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox. He is a proud user of Sibelius 6 and owns a PC, which he is mostly indifferent about.

Ravel, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Khachaturian, Band Composers, Early Jazz, anything I hear and like or find interesting
Genres of Interest
Chamber Ensembles/Jazz/Opera/Orchestra/Solos/Vocal/Wind Band
My Style
consonance-based: lyrical, passionate, subtle, eclectic, and tightly structured

Student Information

Degree Pursuing
DMA, Composition
Kittatinny Lake, NJ
Other Degrees
MM, Composition: Central Michigan University (2010) / BM, Music Education: Rutgers University (2008)


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