UMass Amherst Horn Studio


Dr. Joshua Michal

A native of Ohio, Joshua Michal is the Assistant Professor of Horn at UMass Amherst and is currently a member of the Hartford Symphony and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras. He plays 2nd horn with the Lancaster Music Festival and performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Michal has toured with the Boston Brass and has recently performed with the Charleston Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Brass Ensemble and the Breckenridge Music Festival. Josh can be heard on the Resound Label with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and on the Analekta label with L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne as solo horn for Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. From 2007-09, Dr. Michal was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was actively involved in music outreach efforts within the city of Chicago through programs such as MusicCorps and the Merit School of Music.

He received his degrees from Indiana University (B.M.), Northwestern University (M.M.), and The Ohio State University (D.M.A.). He completed additional studies at Bowling Green State University and the IES Institute in Vienna, Austria. His principal teachers include Rosemary Williams, Michael Hatfield, Michael Höltzel, Richard Seraphinoff, Jeff Nelsen, Volker Altmann, Gail Williams, Liz Freimuth, and Bruce Henniss.

Dr. Michal is very excited to join the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music in the fall of 2014. He currently resides in Hatfield, MA with his violinist wife, their cranky cat, and lovable white schnauzer.