Michael VanPelt holds degrees from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M., D.M.A.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.). Prior to joining the Westminster Conservatory faculty, he held a full-time faculty position at Northern Kentucky University. He has been teaching private saxophone and clarinet lessons for more than ten years.
Dr. VanPelt has performed recitals overseas and throughout the United States. In the summer of 2014 he presented recitals at the Composers’ Union Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria and as part of the Music from Balabanov’s House Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with his wife and regular collaborator, pianist Denitsa VanPelt.
Dr. VanPelt studied with James Bunte and Rick VanMatre at CCM and with world-renowned saxophonist John Sampen at BGSU.