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Michael Manley
Michael Manley

A hornist, Michael spent his early years touring with “Miss Saigon," “Les Miserables," and The New York City Opera National Company..His service as a union steward sparked an interest in labor and representation, which led him to working at The American Federation of Musicians, where he headed the AFM's Touring, Theatre, and Immigration Services Division.

Michael was a 2006/2007 Fellow in the League of American Orchestras' Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, and was the League's Director of Artistic Programs following the Fellowship. He enjoyed working with many talented conductors, musicians and composers across the field.

Michael left the League to return to performing, and enjoyed a nearly three-year run with "Disney's The Lion King" in Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, he served as a para-professional in the Clark County School District, working with young brass players in middle and high school.

Michael currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he has recently re-joined the American Federation of Musicians, in the Electronic Media Services Division.

Michael has written about arts and labor for for the AFM’s International Musician, Symphony magazine, and Polyphonic.org.

Michael co-wrote, with Angela Chan, the one-act musical "Legacy of the Tiger Mother." It is the first musical to be set at a piano recital, and has enjoyed productions in Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Adelaide, Australia. www.tigermotherthemusical.com


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  • Thanks for your feedback George. You are not the first composer I’ve heard from who has pursued composition because of John Williams! Writing a great melody has been an overlooked art in modern music, and he certainly writes some great ones. The “force” theme from Star Wars is why I play horn ;]

    Keep writing and thanks again!

    Michael Manley

  • Great article, I have to say that discovering John Williams in middle school led me to discover many more serious orchestral works. Since then I’ve become a composer working in film/tv/video games, and have particularly grown a large online following of primarily teens who have discovered me through their favorite YouTube celebrities, many of whom (with millions of subscribers) I compose music for their videos.

    Some of these kids actually buy sheet music for my piano works. I’ve also created concert suites of my film music for orchestras to perform, but conductors seem reluctant to program my music even though there’s interest in my music. What better way introduce classical/orchestral music to a younger generation?


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