Michael S. Bryson earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano from California State University, East Bay, a Master’s degree in church music (composition and choral conducting) from Bob Jones University, and a DMA in composition from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. His composition teachers include Rob Smith, Marcus Maroney, Dwight Gustafson, and Joan Pinkston.
As a composer, Michael has experience writing for both vocal/choral and instrumental forces. His dissertation composition entitled A Time and Season features baritone solo, choir, and orchestra and is based on the biblical book of Ecclesiastes. The piece was premiered by the University of Houston Chamber Orchestra with the St. Cecilia Singers. In addition to his concert pieces, Michael has composed sacred instrumental and vocal works and has several of them published by Jantz Music, Valor press, Whetstone Precepts Press, and Lorenz. Most recently, his anthem “Your Journey Through” appeared in the January 2014 issue of The Volunteer Choir from Lorenz.
Michael serves as chairman of the music department at International Baptist College and Seminary in Chandler, AZ, where he teaches classes in music theory and conducting. He also ministers as church pianist for Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ, where he accompanies worship and writes music for a congregation of over 500.
Michael actively composes hymns and choruses for congregational worship. His songs have been sung across the U.S. and in Europe. In June 2007, Michael’s hymn “In Him We Are One” was chosen as part of The Ascending Voice: An International Symposium of Sacred A Cappella Music at Pepperdine University. Visit www.michaelsbryson.com to download sheet music and view the permission of use.
Michael has been named to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” (2005, 2006) and is a member Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. He also holds memberships in ASCAP. Many of Michael’s hymns and congregational songs are listed with CCLI.
He lives in Gilbert, Arizona, with his wife Marea and their children, Lucas (6), Hayleigh (4), and Ian (2).