Michael Hall, D.M.A.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola and Violin
B.M., M.M., D.M.A
In his New York City solo debut Michael Hall, viola, was described as "utterly masterful" and having "a gorgeous tone" for his performance of Marta Ptaszynska's Elegia: in memoriam John Paul II, a work he premiered at the 33rd International Viola Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland. Other notable premiers have included works by Alfred Schnittke, Stephen Paulus, Jean Milew, Polwit Opapant, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst and David Vayo. Hall has appeared as a performer and teacher across Europe, Asia and the United States, including the Positano Chamber Music Festival in Italy, the Thailand Composition Festival in Bangkok and the inaugural Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg.
Hall has been featured as a soloist, recitalist and clinician at numerous universities and concert series, including the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, the SoundField Festival, Ensembles Noamniesia, and the Concerti di Cucomella in Sorrento, Italy. He also regularly performs with the Chicago Philharmonic, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and is a founding member of the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble.
An avid chamber musician, Hall was a founding member of the Lake String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Yellowstone National Park. He has also performed at numerous summer festivals, including the Grand Teton Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a winner in the Indiana-Aspen Concerto Competition. Additionally, Hall has performed on National Public Radio's "Live From Studio A," and recorded for the Delos, Centaur, Acoma, Clarion, and Vienna Modern Masters labels.
Formerly President of the Chicago Viola Society, Hall has always sought to reach out to the next generation. In 2003 he was awarded a Neighborhood Arts Program Grant from the City of Chicago to initiate a program titled the "Young Composer's Project." This project combined Howard Gardner's concepts of 'Multiple Intelligences' with the basic building blocks of music to teach math and creative writing to children grades K-6 in a public elementary school on Chicago's south side.
Hall is a dedicated teacher, currently on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University, VanderCook College of Music, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Hall received his BM at Ball State University, MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, DMA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His teachers include Linda Geidel, Michelle LaCourse, Peter Kamnitzer, Scott Rawls and the LaSalle and Tokyo string quartets. Hall currently lives in Chicago, has two wonderful daughters and is training for his first marathon. He plays a viola made by Ferruccio Varagnolo.