Dr. Michael Albaugh, recently served as the Director of Music at Interlochen center for the Arts. Serving in this role from 2001 to 2008, he oversaw all musical and educational programming for both the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, as well as teaching composition and music theory. During this time he instituted radical change in the entire music curriculum for the Arts Camp that improved camper attendance and strengthened the quality of instructional programming with an infused intensity and focus geared toward maximizing the student experience. This also included the creation of several weeklong institutes with some of the top musical educators in the field today. Interlochen?s recent national recognition as a winner of the National Medal in the Arts is a testament to some of these new educational initiatives.
As a composer, Dr. Albaugh has recently served as a featured guest at Bowling Green's New Music and Art Festival, the Akron New Music Festival, and has received frequent performances across the country, most recently with a new orchestral premiere, ?Milestones - The Crusader? with the San Diego Chamber Symphony and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. He received the National Teacher Recognition Award in 2005 from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts on behalf of the United States Department of Education. His composition students are currently studying in the top music programs in the country and include two Presidential Scholars in the Arts in the last four years. A ProMusica International Grant recipient, Dr. Albaugh has also conducted field research in West Africa, studying Ewe music and culture in Kopeyia, Ghana.
Dr. Albaugh holds a B.A. from West Liberty State College in music education and guitar performance, studying with Nels Leonard. He holds an M.M. in composition from Bowling Green State University with an emphasis in music technology, studying with Marylin Shrude, Burton Beerman and Samuel Adler. He holds a D.M.A. in composition from West Virginia University, with an emphasis in music theory, studying with John Beall and Andrew Kohn.