Voice, Piano, Guitar, Composition, Music Theory, French Instructor
Michelle Mackey’s mother liked to say she was a baby who sang before she could talk, but her serious study began in church choir and private piano lessons at age seven under DSO’s Mitta Angell. Through singing with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, she began to study opera privately with Terrie Preskitt-Brown at age 11. Playing violin and cello in middle school orchestra, she met Duilio Dobrin, who would be her long-term professor and mentor, even through her time at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she continued her studies in opera, piano and choir, getting to All-State Choir in her freshman year. As a sophomore, she became interested in theory, composition and improvisation, and Michelle left her classical roots to elope with blues and jazz once she was a junior. She was decorated with multiple Downbeat awards for her tenure with the Latin American Ensemble under Dobrin’s direction at ARTS Magnet, and also performed in ensembles which played funk, blues, pop, and she ultimately followed jazz (and scholarship money) to Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, where she studied under Alison Wedding and Carolyn Leonheart. While studying at Berklee she was featured in the Student Songwriter Showcase and the Tower of Power Ensemble. Michelle returned to Dallas in 2013 to pursue her undergraduate degree in Economics and French. She is currently involved with various local bands and is immensely excited for the widespread return of stage lights and un-sanitized microphones. To this day, she is an avid learner, lover of mirth, truth, and beauty–especially in sonic form.