Shane Mickelsen is a Stone Angel Music artist, composer, orchestral arranger, conductor, voice teacher, school teacher, clarinetist, husband, and father. He is known for his work on the #1 Amazon.com Classical Album, A New Creation, by Paul Cardall. He also works with The Piano Guys and other similar artists. Per his website, “His compositional style has its roots in his love of the classics from Bach to Brahms, whose rich harmonies he fuses with New Age styles to create emotive modern orchestral music.”
He attributes his love of music to his mother who was his piano teacher. At age 12, she also began teaching him music theory. In both middle and high school, he satisfied his love for choral and instrumental music by singing with the madrigals and serving as drum major of the marching band. Envisioning a brighter future in vocal music, he decided to pursue studies in operatic singing at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he met his wife Kacee. She is an award-winning soprano and a sought-after teacher. At age 17, Shane composed a one-act opera on commission from the School of Music for its Opera Theatre Program. The opera was called The Wolf and the Seven Kids, which he conducted and music-directed.
Shane holds a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from Utah State University and a Master of Music Degree in Music Composition from the University of Utah. Wanting to actively participate in orchestral music, he spent two years with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra as the bass clarinetist, artistic director, and associate conductor. Before making the decision to focus on a career in writing commercial music, he was also a Ph.D. student in Music Composition at the University of Utah. Per his website, “In addition to these popular styles, Shane continues to write for classical music circles as a 21st-century composer touching on Free Style Atonality, Serialism, Atonal Impressionism, and Electro-Acoustic Compositions.”
Shane Mickelsen served a full-time two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy. He currently stays busy writing orchestrations, arrangements, transcriptions, and original music for various artists including The Piano Guys, Paul Cardall, and private clientele. He also serves as Music Director of the West Jordan Symphony and works as private voice, piano, and composition teacher.
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