Composer, guitarist, and teacher Michael Stubblefield was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been living in New England since the fall of 2016. Michael begin his professional studies in music at Diablo Valley Community college taking fundamental music courses including theory, piano, music history, classical guitar, and jazz theory/improvisation. He went on to transfer to California State University, East Bay where he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Theory and Composition. During his graduate studies at CSUEB, Michael was a graduate teaching associate for the music department and was awarded the 2015 Glenn Glasow Graduate Fellowship in Music Composition.
Michael is also a graduate of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition and a minor in Music Theory. His primary teachers in composition include Robert Carl, David Macbride, Ken Steen, Jeffrey Miller, Frank LaRocca, Daniel Highman, Mark Alburger, and Owen Lee. Other private studies include classical guitar with Mark Teicholz and Mark Simons. An active composer, his music consists of multiple works for solo instruments and chamber ensembles, in addition to works for orchestra, large ensemble, and voice. Michaels music has received numerous performances across the Bay Area and at the Hartt School, with performances and readings by the Redshift Ensemble, Opus Project Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, CSUEB New Music Ensemble, Hartt Orchestra, Tenebrae New Music Ensemble, and Hartt Composers Ensemble among others.
His experience as teacher ranges from private studio teaching on guitar, piano, and voice, to classroom teaching at the collegiate level, teaching courses in History of Rock and Roll and first year Music Theory and Ear Training. Michael works with students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds, focusing on fundament musicianship and guiding students to achieve their musical goals.