Dr. Michael Coonrod

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute


D.M.A., M.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Montana; Three summers at the Aspen Music School

Michael Coonrod, piano faculty member at Interlochen for 41 years, has been a mentor to hundreds of students at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp since 1976. His role as a professional performing pianist, a counselor for maturing young musicians, and a teacher of musical style, practice skills, and technique has created a healthy environment for students to achieve their maximum ability. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were earned at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, part of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he studied with Konrad Wolff, biographer of Artur Schnabel. Additional training came from Leon Fleischer, Adele Marcus, George Walker, and Lucien Hut at the University of Montana. He has performed and given master classes at the Qingdao University in China, the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw Poland, and the Eastman School of Music. He is married to Jean Merce Coonrod, with three grown children and three grandchildren.