Composing, Songwriting and Arranging

Michelle has over twenty years of composing, songwriting, and arranging.

Michelle has composed a portfolio of songs and instrumental pieces, some of which appear on Blackthorn recordings, some for TV/film production, some written for local artists and groups in Vancouver.  ** in 2011, Michelle's song "Open Skies" was released by Blackthorn on tour in Saskatchewan.  Look for it on iTunes.

As an arranger, Michelle arranges pieces for Blackthorn, The Halifax Wharf Rats, Caviar & Lace, Triskellion, and Fluterrific, as well as for other local performing groups such as the Burnsview Senior Concert Band and the Saul Berson Quartet, as well as other groups and choirs.

Michelle composes pieces specially designed for her flute students in order to focus on particular areas of concentration.  These pieces are soon to be released as a flute study workbook.

Compositions include songs and pieces in styles from contemporary, to Celtic, to pop, even wide-ranging in style as reggae, blues, children’s pieces, avant-garde and latin. Michelle’s diversified performing style and experience in all the different groups and classical training allow her to explore all the musical genres.  Her unique style is a blend of these many influences, coming from her eclectic musical background living with parents who listened to opera one minute and old time country the next.

NEW: Michelle was commissioned by the B.C. Children's Hospital to add music to a guidance video for parents bringing children to the hospital for Heart surgery/procedures.  This music was written specifically to provide soothing comfort to those in need of the facilities and can be found on Youtube.  Click here to go to the video!  VIDEO

Michelle is a member of SOCAN, Music BC, and the Vancouver Musician's Association (local 145).


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