Dr. Mike Morey is a nylon string/electric guitarist, improviser, and musicologist whose distinctive style has developed from a unique synthesis of classical, rock, and jazz/fusion music. His exploration of composition began under the direction of Blaise Ferrandino, followed by studies in counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration. His primary guitar teachers have included Chris Carrington, Robert Guthrie, Tom Burchill, Dušan Bogdanović, and Paulo Bellinati. Mike holds both a PhD in Historical Musicology under American music specialist Mark McKnight and a DMA in performance from the University of North Texas.
Mike has performed concerts in several cities throughout the United States, Brazil, Spain, and China. He has composed over 30 concert works for multiple instruments in a variety of mediums, which can be heard on 4 commercially released CDs, Bridging the Gap (2008), Paraty (2013), and Modes of Persuasion (Feb 2014), which feature him as the soloist along with performances from members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
As a musicologist, Mike has presented papers at several conferences throughout the country. His current research focuses on building new methodological frameworks for interpreting meaning, manner, and motive in musical borrowing procedures of 20th century music. He is currently writing a book on the figure of Sappho in modern music, which examines the various ways in which composers have engaged with her surviving fragments.