Michael Owcharuk is a Seattle based composer, pianist, accordionist, and educator. He is a project-oriented artist working in jazz, new music, classical, rock, Eastern European folk, and music for theater, dance, and film. Currently Michael codirects the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, leads and/or performs with multiple professional ensembles, maintains a private instruction studio, and works with a diverse community of local musicians and artists.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano from Cornish College of the Arts. He has received support for his music from 4Culture, The Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Jack Straw Productions. He and his music have been featured on/by NPR, KEXP, KBCS, Bumbershoot, Earshot Jazz, Jazz Alley, Seattle Theater Group, and has been commissioned by groups like: Seattle Rock Orchestra, Lakeside Middle School Orchestra, Balagan Theater, and 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival.
As a teacher, Michael draws upon his professional and academic experiences to teach practical keyboard and musical skills based in solid understanding of fundamentals. Working in jazz, classical, and pop/rock styles, he believes in a personable, easy-going, yet diligent approach that works to convey the profound level of enjoyment and communication the practice of music can provide.
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