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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Michael Olson

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Music Composition and Music Technology

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Michael James Olson is a composer, producer, and musician from Minnesota. Michael’s concert music has been performed throughout the world, including the International Computer Music Conference (New York), Beijing Science Museum (China), SEAMUS National Conference (Miami), Indian Institiute of Technology TechFest (Mumbai), Noisefloor Festival (UK), International Saxophone Symposium (Virginia), Audiograft Festival (UK), Electroacoustic Juke Joint (Mississippi), Electronic Music Midwest (Illinois), Electroacoustic Barn Dance (Virginia), Drift Station Gallery (Nebraska), and the Cal State Sacramento Festival of New Music (California), among others. Michael has received numerous awards including ASCAPLus Awards (2007-2015), Finalist for the ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission, and First Prize at the Georgia Southern Research Awards. Michael’s music, performance, and production can also be heard on more than 20 albums spanning the genres of folk to pop, on numerous record labels. His music has been featured in films and television, including programs on MTV, VH1, E!, Spike, ABC, NBC, PBS, and CBS, and his records “Fashionably Late” and “Still Going With The Lights Out” have received radio airplay on more than 200 stations across the U.S, Canada, and Australia. Michael worked on 32 Below’s “Every Little Thing About You,” which reached #66 on the iTunes Country Album Chart, and #70 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart. Michael has toured extensively throughout the U.S., and has shared the stage with acts such as Everclear, Semisonic, Violent Fems, Rick Springfield, Better Than Ezra, Eve6, and Josh Turner. He holds a M.M. from Georgia Southern University, and a Doctorate from Ball State University where his composition teachers include John Thompson, Michael Pounds, and Keith Kothman. Michael currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Music Technology at Minnesota State University.