Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Blacksburg, VA

Michael Mills is an accomplished composer whose music has been performed throughout the American Mid-Atlantic region, on public radio, and across Europe. Growing up in a small town in southern West Virginia, he taught himself piano and composition until beginning his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. Michael primarily composes music that addresses topics related to the human experience using a unique compositional voice that mixes contemporary and traditional practices. He ignores the notion of being defined by a genre and enthusiastically composes across an immense range of styles, mediums, and skill levels. In the spring of 2020, Michael founded Tom’s Creek Publishing, LLC. as a means of providing a home for the various musical projects in which he is engaged. While the company currently focuses on his self-publishing, Michael plans to expand the scope of TCP such that it can provide opportunities for other composers at the beginning of their careers as well as those from underrepresented communities.

Michael earned a B.A. in Music Composition and Technology along with a Minor in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2019 where he studied composition with Dr. Charles Nichols and Dr. Eric Lyon. He has also received composition lessons from Dr. Amy Beth Kirsten, Dr. Dimitri Tymoczko, Dr. Gorge Grossman, Dr. Stefano Gervasoni, Dr. Stratis Minakakis, Dr. Andrew List, Dr. Joel Hoffman, Dr. Dorothy Hindman, Dr. Michael Fiday, Dr. John Allemeier, Dr. Christopher Biggs, and Dr. Daniel Eichenbaum. 

 

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