Michael Dilthey received his Doctorate in Composition at Northwestern University. He holds Master of Music degrees in composition and conducting from Northwestern and University of Missouri, Kansas City, along with completing Post-Doctorate Fellowships at Oxford and Yale Universities. He has composed three operas, three musicals, orchestral and choral music as well as theatrical incidental music. Recently his musical Greetings from Fitzwalkerstan had a successful run in Madison, WI. Another musical, My Way of Life workshopped in New York City and he had a composition for string orchestra premiere at Carnegie Hall and in Sweden. This next year his Sonata for Accordion will premiere in Norway. His areas of teaching are music theory, history and composition. Michael lives in North Adams with his wife, Ellen.