Michael Harley visiting Mizzou for residency, concert on Monday, October 21

Bassoonist Michael Harley is coming to Mizzou for a residency and concert on Monday, October 21.

While he’s on campus, Harley (pictured) will teach a bassoon master class, work with composition students, and perform in a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Whitmore Recital Hall.

The concert will feature music from Harley’s upcoming album Come Closer, which is set for release on October 18, including works by Reginald Bain, Carl Schimmel, Fang Man, Caleb Burhans, and Mizzou’s own Stefan Freund. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Harley already is quite familiar with Mizzou, having visited many times over the past decade as the bassoonist for Alarm Will Sound, the resident ensemble for the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival. A founding member of AWS, Harley currently serves as associate professor of bassoon at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, where he also teaches courses in American music, coaches chamber music, and is artistic director of the Southern Exposure new music series.

Having grown up in northern Indiana and Michigan, Harley earned his undergraduate degree in English and music at Goshen College, a master’s in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, he previously taught music at Ohio University, Wright State University, and at his alma mater Goshen College.

With Alarm Will Sound, Harley has performed at major venues around the world, done educational residencies at universities and other institutions throughout the U.S., and premiered works from dozens of today’s most distinguished composers.

As a recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician, he has played in venues on five continents, ranging from New York City nightclubs and bars to concert halls including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican in London, Musiekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, and many more. He also has worked with artists including the indie rock group Dirty Projectors, jazz/funk trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, percussionist and composer Tyshawn Sorey, Dance Heginbotham, and orchestras in Charleston; Columbus; Fort Wayne; South Bend; Augusta, GA; Rock Hill, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC.