Michael Bunchman

Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano

Pianist Michael Bunchman maintains a fulfilling schedule as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician with both singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States.  He is currently on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi as the director of the Collaborative Piano Program.  From 2015-2017 Dr. Bunchman served as coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Truman State University.

Dr. Bunchman has performed and collaborated with the Las Cruces Symphony, Opera Saratoga, Opera Santa Barbara, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Natchez Music Festival, where he spent three seasons as Assistant Musical Director. Michael has spent five seasons as a principal coach and pianist at the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theater. Also active as a concerto soloist, Dr. Bunchman has performed with the Ridgefield Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Antara Ensemble in New York City, the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. He and his wife, singer/actor Jessica Medoff, are co-creators of three original cabarets, and perform regularly as a duo in multiple venues across the country.  He recently had the honor to be counted among the amazingly diverse and talented group of artists of A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor, on their multi-city European cruise.

Dr. Bunchman holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from the University of Texas at Austin.  He spent three summers at the Aspen Music Festival.  His teachers have included Anne Epperson, Rick Rowley, Marian Hahn, Joseph Kalichstein, Antoinette Perry, Adrienne Sielaff and Doris Pridonoff-Lehnert.