Michael Schelle (b. 22 January 1950, Philadelphia, PA) is an American composer.
Raised in the shadows of New York City (Bergen County, NJ), Dr. Schelle's degrees are from Villanova University (theatre), Trinity College of London (piano diploma), the Hartt School of Music / University of Hartford (CT), and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His teachers have included Aaron Copland (private), Arnold Franchetti, Paul Fetler, Eric Stokes, and Dominick Argento.
Dr. Schelle is composer-in-residence, distinguished professor of music, and founder/director of the JCFA Composers Orchestra (new music ensemble) at the School of Music, Butler University, Indianapolis.
Schelle's music has been performed by over 350 orchestras, wind symphonies and chamber ensembles across the US and abroad, including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, XTET (Los Angeles) and abroad by the Kammerochester Basel, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica), Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, by dozens of American university bands and wind ensembles from northern New England to Southern California, and by the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Wind Symphony.
In 2000, Schelle conducted his Guttersnipe (for large symphonic wind ensemble), originally commissioned for the Capital University (Ohio) NOW Festival, across Europe including performances in Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. In 2008, he participated in performances of his Prayer (2004, for solo cello and chamber wind ensemble) in Prague, Austria, Luxemburg, Amsterdam and Germany. In 2010, Schelle was the featured guest composer with the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago) on a two-week concert tour of China that featured his Wright Flight piano concerto (2002). In 2009 and 2011 Schelle was twice the featured guest composer at Aichi Prefectural University and Nagoya Imperial University, JAPAN. In 2016 and 2019, Schelle was the featured guest composer for concerts, lectures, masterclasses and seminars at Chopin University (Warsaw, Poland) and the Kraków Academy of Music.
His opera The End of Al Capone (2015) was premiered in Indianapolis, and received it's European premiere by the Warsaw Chamber Opera, Poland, in May 2019,
*** Michael Schelle's The End of the World, a 2011/2012 CBDNA wind ensemble consortium commission by 35 university symphonic bands, was awarded the 2012 National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Prize.
Schelle has received composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Arts Council, the New England Council for the Arts and the American Symphony Orchestra League, among many others, and has held extended residencies at numerous colleges, universities and new music festivals across the US and abroad.
Works for Winds
- Cliffhanger March (1984)
- Contraband (1990)
- El Salon Medico (1990)
- The End of the World (2011)
- Extraction on No. 9 (2013)
- Fear Strikes Out (2014)
- Guttersnipe (1994)
- Hangover Hotel (2020)
- Invocation (1989)
- King Ubu (1980)
- O Magma Mysterium (2015)
- Prayer (2004/2011)
- Seven Steps from Hell (1985)
- When Hell Freezes Over (1995)