Shane Mickelsen is an active composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher. His compositional style has its roots in his love of the classics from Bach to Brahms, whose rich harmonies he fuses with New Age styles to create emotive modern orchestral music.
He holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Utah State University and the University of Utah respectively, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of Utah.
In addition to these popular styles, Shane continues to write for classical music circles as a 21st-century composer touching on Free Style Atonality, Serialism, Atonal Impressionism, and Electro-Acoustic Compositions.
Shane’s composing career began when his mother began training him in music theory at age 12. It took flight when at age 17 he was commissioned by the School of Music at Utah State University to compose an opera for its Opera Theatre Program. Shane then composed, rehearsed, music directed, and conducted the premier performances of “The Wolf and the Seven Kids” to great local acclaim.
Shane is currently busy writing orchestrations, arrangements, transcriptions, and original music for various artists including The Piano Guys, Paul Cardall, and other private clientele. He serves as Music Director of the West Jordan Symphony, and happily works as private voice, piano, and composition teacher.