Michael Way, M.M.
Michael Way joined the music faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017.
A native of High Point, North Carolina, Michael Way began studying cello at age 11 with Robert Docker. At age 15, he joined the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and furthered his cello studies with Anne Sellitti. During the summer of 2003, he was accepted into the prestigious North Carolina Governor's School, where he spent a summer studying with Tom Kraines.
Michael attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with Brooks Whitehouse. In 2007, Michael moved to Wellington, New Zealand, where he studied with Rolf Gjelsten of the New Zealand String Quartet. In 2008, Michael was accepted to The University of Texas at El Paso, where he served as the graduate teaching assistant to Zuill Bailey. At UTEP, Michael was the winner of the 2008-2009 Annual Concerto and Aria Competition and recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. In 2012, Michael was adjunct professor of cello and bass at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. While teaching at NMSU, Michael was the interim cellist for the Latin Grammy award winning string quartet, La Catrina. He has attended Master Classes with Roberto and Andres Diaz, Steven Doane, Gary Hoffman, Timothy Eddy, Carlos Prieto, Melissa Kraut, and the legendary Bernard Greenhouse.
Currently, Michael is a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and a freelance performer in the region. With his ferocious passion for teaching, Michael has spent the last nine years in El Paso building a private studio of nearly 70 students from the Region as well as online Skype lessons. His students have regularly placed 1st in the All-Region Middle and High School orchestras as well as 1st Chair All-State Orchestra in Georgia.
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