Dr. Michael Pratt holds music degrees from The University of Toledo, The University of Michigan, and Boston University. He studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Ross Lee Finney and Leslie Bassett and tuba with Abe Torchinski, Harvey Phillips, and Arnold Jacobs. He has taught music in the public schools for many years in Michigan.
He has sung with The Toledo Choral Society, Toledo Symphony Chorale, Opera!Lenawee, and The University Musical Society Choral Union of The University of Michigan with whom he has performed with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Kirov Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Ann Arbor Symphony, The Lansing Symphony, The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, The Birmingham Symphony, The Gabrieli Consort, and The Tallis Scholars.
He has played tuba with The Toledo Symphony, Toledo Concert Band, Toledo Opera, University of Toledo Faculty Brass Quintet, Adrian Chamber Brass, Adrian College Faculty Brass Quintet, The Croswell Opera House, and The Adrian Symphony Orchestra.
He has worked with the following notable conductors: Valery Gergiev, Paul McCreesh, Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Phillips, Neeme Jarve, Catherine Comet, Mikhail Pletnev, Eric Kunzel, Rafael Fruhbeck de Borgos, Margaret Hillis, Leonard Slatkin, Martin Katz, John Adams, John Finley Williamson, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
Michael Pratt is a composer member of Opera America and a member of ASCAP.