Michael Close is a composer, cellist, and teacher living in Worcester, VT. He graduated from Bennington College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in music composition and a master of arts in education.
He teaches cello and chamber music classes at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier. He has been a composer-mentor with ‘Music-Comp’ since 2004, a program which encourages and supports students in composing and arranging music. He is also the music teacher at Moretown Elementary School where he teaches everything from band to chorus to general music classes.
Michael plays cello with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber groups around Vermont. He is the section leader of, and has been a soloist with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He is a prolific composer and some of his most recent original musical works have been performed by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Eleva Chamber Players.