Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
D.M.A., M.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Montana
Michael Coonrod is Instructor of Piano at Interlochen Arts Academy where he has taught for the past 33 years. In 1994, he presented 20 concerts of music by contemporary American composers. The series culminated in Poland, where he performed at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and at the Conservatory of Music in Poznan. As an orchestral soloist, he has performed Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Concerto No. 14 with the Louisville String Orchestra, and Mozart's Concerto No. 21 with the Washington-Idaho Symphony. He has also performed for the American Liszt Society, Eastman School of Music, and Peabody Contemporary Music Ensemble. Dr. Coonrod studied primarily with Lucien Hut at the University of Montana, and he earned a masters and doctor of musical arts degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Konrad Wolff, colleague and biographer of Artur Schnabel. Dr. Coonrod served for eighteen years as resident pianist at Maple Mount Summer Institute for Young Musicians and coached chamber music in New Harmony, Indiana for select camp students. In 1996, he was included by the governor of Kentucky in the order of Kentucky Colonels for his outstanding contribution to education.