Born: October 10, 1958
Michael Pagán was born in Ravenna (near Cleveland), Ohio. He was raised in a musical family and received his first piano instruction from his parents. He remembers hearing recordings of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Miles Davis, as well as Beethoven, when he was seven years old. He entered Kent State University and earned his Master of Arts in composition; his composition teachers there were James Waters, Thomas Janson, and Frank Wiley. He was a music theory student of Hugh A. Glauser, after whose death the Kent State University School of Music was named. At Kent he played piano in the new music ensemble under the direction of Frank Wiley and the jazz ensemble under the direction of Chas Baker. His piano teachers have included Toni Glauser, Lois Rova Ozanich, Robert Palmieri, and Olga Kuehl-White of the University of Akron. The piano playing and compositions of Pat Pace were also an influence. During those years Mike played jazz piano and bass in the Akron-Cleveland area, including two years with the well-known bassist Newman Williams. Pagán also played bass himself at that time in the University Orchestra. He received his Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University, where his principle teachers were Lynden DeYoung, Alan Stout, and Steven Syverud. He played piano in the NU jazz and contemporary music ensembles, both directed by Don Owens and continued classical piano studies with Laurence Davis. While playing jazz piano in Chicago he was named a “musician deserving wider recognition” by Downbeat magazine....
AwardsCover and feature story, Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors Magazine (JAM), December 2009/January 2010 issue Certificate of Appreciation, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, for UMKC Concert Jazz Band 2009 selection and performance at 71st annual conference Pag’s Groove: Named One of the Top Ten big band recordings of 2005 by allaboutjazz.com Named One of the Top Twenty Jazz Recordings of 2005 by CHUO FM 89 Ottawa, Ontario Named One of the Top Twenty big band CDs of 2005 KBEM FM 88.5 Minneapolis, MN Invitee, BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, “A” Group (Jim McNeely, director) NY, NY 2005 Certificate of Appreciation, Colorado Vocal Jazz Society 2005 Inductee, Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music fraternity, Alpha Tau Chapter, University of Colorado at Boulder 2002 Outstanding Service Award, International Association for Jazz Education for CU-Boulder Jazz Ensemble I Conference performance, Anaheim, CA 1999 Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, IAJE Student Chapter, University of Minnesota, Duluth 1996 Distinguished Service for Presentation, Minnesota Music Educators Association In-Service Clinic 1996 Mentor Award, Olivet Public Schools, Olivet, Michigan 1993 Honors Concert Award in Composition, Department of Theory/Composition, Northwestern University for composition Savannah Suite for cello duet 1988 Musician Deserving Wider Recognition, Downbeat Magazine, March issue 1988 Composition Winner, Concerto Competition, Kent State University for Cuyahoga Rhapsody (masters thesis orchestral composition) 1986 Piano Runner-up, Concerto Competition, Kent State University for Franck: Symphonic Variations 1985 First Prize, New Music For Young Ensembles Composers Competition including Carnegie Recital Hall premiere for Impromptu, Chorale and Fugue for Woodwind Quintet Second Prize, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Young Composer's Contest for String Quartet 1984 Honorable Mention, Ohio University New Music Ensemble Composition Contest for Three Songs About the Seasons 1983 Jazz Scholarship, Kool Jazz Festival/Berklee College of Music Music Scholarship, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University 1977
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