Michael Schmitz, Ph.D.

Professor of Music

Received both Bachelor and Masters degrees in music from then College of Notre Dame, working with Thomas LaRatta. He earned his Doctor of Music Arts degree from University of Arizona, where he studied with Ozan Marsh and Paula Fan. His dissertation revealed Asian influences in the piano music of Claude Debussy. Dr. Schmitz has been the winner of numerous competitions in the Southwest, and has performed as soloist with the Master Sinfonia Orchestra, the University of Arizona Orchestra, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Nova.