Michael Christensen

Dr. Michael Christensen is a performer and an educator from Oklahoma City, and currently resides in Kansas. He has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe. His performance resume includes conventions and conferences such as Texas Music Educator's Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, and the Music Teachers National Association national convention. As a chamber musician, he was a founding member of and performed extensively with Quartet 35, Quartet Exordium, and Mirasol Quartet. He had enjoyed success in competition as well as numerous tours throughout the United States. As a soloist, he made his concerto debut with the Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble in 2016, performing the new work Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant. Since then, he has performed as a soloist in many university recital halls, and maintains an active performance schedule. As a proponent of new music, Christensen has been a part of consortium commissions and world premieres by numerous composers. His primary teachers include Glen Gillis, Gail Hall, David Dees, and has had additional instruction with Jerry Neil Smith, Kelland Thomas, Timothy McAllister, and with Ben Haugland and Stephen Jones in Jazz Studies.