Michael Schelle (b. 22 January 1950, Philadelphia, Penn.) is an American composer.
Raised in the shadows of New York City (Bergen County, N.J.), Dr. Schelle's degrees are from Villanova University (theatre), 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, 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.
Schelle's music has been performed by over 350 orchestras, wind symphonies and chamber ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and by dozens of American university bands and wind ensembles from northern New England to Southern California.
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 2009-2010, Schelle was the featured guest composer with the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago) on a two-week concert tour of Chinathat featured his Wright Flight piano concerto (2002). In 2009 and 2010 Schelle was twice the featured guest composer at Aichi Prefectural University and Nagoya Imperial University, JAPAN.
Michael Schelle's The End of the World was a 2011/2012 CBDNA wind ensemble consortium commission by 35 university symphonic bands. This work was awarded the National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Prize.
Schelle has received composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, and the American Symphony Orchestra League, among others, and has held extended residencies at numerous colleges, universities and new music festivals .
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)