Michael Pordesimo has been studying music since the age of three. Growing up, he studied under Robin Walden, Peter Rovit, Kathy Hart, and Celina Boldrey. He studied music performance at Eastern Illinois University where he studied under Anna Cromwell. During his undergraduate, Michael performed with the Danville Symphony Orchestra, the Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra, and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. He most recently performed as principal violinist in a production of Susannah with Opera Fort Collins and became a member of the Wild Beautiful Orchestra. The Wild Beautiful Orchestra just debuted Journey of the Heart, a new oratorio dedicated to those affected by the Columbine shootings.

Michael began his music education career in Denver working with Accent Music and taught several private students as well as held recitals with them quarterly. He then transitioned to working at Global Village Academy where he taught Beginner String Orchestra. During this time, Michael began to take on students in his own private studio in Centennial Colorado. After teaching with Global Village Academy, Michael began teaching orchestra with the ColoradoChamber Orchestra.

Outside of his official teaching positions, Michael also served as a clinician to several orchestras in the Jefferson County School District and served as a clinician for Douglas County’s All County Orchestra.
Michael loves promoting independence and free thinking in his students. He wants his students to leave him feeling able to play anything that they can imagine. In his lessons, Michael has fun teaching improvisation and sight reading and he’s very excited to help students learn to love music as much as he does. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends as well as building model kits.

Get to know more about Michael in his Faculty Highlight.