Dr. Michael Coleman is an adjunct instructor who has been teaching music theory, ear training, music & computers, and music appreciation at Pensacola State College since 1993. As composer and pianist, he has participated in numerous new music programs and festivals in the U.S and Russia and has also had works performed in Central America, Europe, and Eurasia. Recent awards include 2nd Prize in the 2021 “She Lives Budapest Prize” International Composition Competition, “First Diploma” in the 2018 (National Category) and the 2019 & 2021 (International Category) Golden Key Competitions and he received the “AN ART Artistry” Prize in the International Composition Competition “The contemporary piano 2018” (Athens, Greece). He was also a winner in the Kaleidoscope MusArt 2020 “Bagatelles for Beethoven” score-call competition was one of the five winners in the 2019 Músicos Trabajando score-call competition in Hermosillo, Sonora, México.
Dr. Coleman also had three compositions on a recent 2021 CD release by Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva titled “Think…Together.” Dr. Onalbayeva also performed Coleman’s The ’96 Etude at Carnegie Hall (June 6, 2018) and she premiered Arman (Piano Concerto No. 1) in 2016 with the Louisiana Sinfonietta under the direction of Dinos Constantinides. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland and holds degrees from the University of New Orleans and the University of South Alabama, studying with Lawrence Moss, Jerry Sieg, and Carl Alette.