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Michael Gilbertson

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Michael Gilbertson's works have been described as "elegant" and "particularly beautiful" by The New York Times, "vivid, tightly woven" and "delectably subtle" by the Baltimore Sun, and "genuinely moving" by the Washington Post. Gilbertson holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. Gilbertson's works have been programmed by ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony in C, New England Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and professional choirs including Musica Sacra, The Crossing, and The Esoterics.

Gilbertson's music has earned five Morton Gould Awards, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a BMI Student Composer Award. Gilbertson's music can be heard in the 2006 documentary Rehearsing a Dream, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His published music includes choral works with Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer. Gilbertson has composed five ballets, including commissions from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and the New York Choreographic Institute. He serves as artistic director of ChamberFest Dubuque, and has taught at The Walden School, The Educational Center for the Arts, the Northeast Iowa School of Music, and as a lecturer at the Yale School of Music.