Dr. Michael Pratt has degrees in music education and music composition from The University of Toledo, The University of Michigan, and Boston University. He studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Ross Lee Finney and Leslie Bassett at The University of Michigan. Having taught music in the public schools for many years in Michigan, he currently teaches music at Jackson College and Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.
He has sung with The Toledo Choral Society, Toledo Symphony Chorale, Opera! Lenawee, and The University Musical Society Choral Union of The University of Michigan with whom he has performed with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Kirov Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Ann Arbor Symphony, The Lansing Symphony, The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, The Birmingham Symphony, The Gabrieli Consort, and The Tallis Scholars.
He has played tuba with The Toledo Symphony, Toledo Concert Band, Toledo Opera, University of Toledo Faculty Brass Quintet, Adrian Chamber Brass, Adrian College Faculty Brass Quintet, The Croswell Opera House, The Adrian Symphony Orchestra and The Adrian City Band.
He has performed with many notable conductors, including, Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neeme Jarve, Mikhail Pletnev, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, John Adams, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Paul McCreesh, Peter Phillips, Catherine Comet, Eric Kunzel, Margaret Hillis, Martin Katz, John Finley Williamson, Jerry Blackstone, Theo Alcantara, Serge Fournier, William D. Revelli, Christopher Warren-Greene, Kenneth Keisler, Carl St. Clair, Sam Wong, Hans Graf, Arie Lipski, Lan Shui, Thomas Sheets, Andrew Massey, Sam Szor, David Katz and H. Robert Reynolds.
He was a member of the multiple Grammy award winning Best Classical Album of 2006 - Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience by William Bolcolm - Naxos B000641YZK