School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Originally from Monument, Colorado, percussionist Michael Van Wirt has performed as an orchestral musician, a soloist, and in chamber music settings across the United States and beyond. In addition to his appointment as Section Percussionist in the Colorado Symphony, Michael has appeared with the Houston Symphony and was a New World Symphony Fellow during the 2014-2015 season.
Michael was also a member of Seraphic Fire’s Firebird Chamber Orchestra, serving as timpanist from 2012-2015. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Alan Abel Summer Percussion Seminar.
Michael has performed across the United States and abroad. He has studied in Denmark at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, in Japan at the Nagoya Institute for the Arts, and performed in Australia and New Zealand, Spain, and Portugal. He also studied the music of Trinidad with steel-pan master Tom Miller. Michael was a founding member of Miller’s band “Pan Nation” and performed with the group throughout Colorado and the Midwest.
Michael was given the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Performance and the Frank Toth Leadership Award from the University of Denver, where he received his Bachelors of Music under Professor John Kinzie. He attended the University of Miami under Matt Strauss and Svet Stoyanov and obtained his Masters Degree in music in 2012