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Michael Stockdale currently resides in the Greater Nashville area working as a performer, arranger and producer. Mr. Stockdale is a current and founding member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. Mr. Stockdale and the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet have performed Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz for four guitars with several orchestras. Recently, Mr. Stockdale performed a solo recital at Hope College featuring the music of Bach, Scarlatti, Ponce and Torroba as well as several performances with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. Mr. Stockdale and the GRGQ are members of the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory.
A native of Great Britain, Mr. Stockdale received his ARCM and DipRCM diplomas from London's prestigious Royal College of Music where he studied guitar with Patrick Bashford and Charles Ramirez. Mr. Stockdale began playing guitar at age eight, and formal training at age twelve. He studied with several prominent UK teachers including John Tomkins, Julian Byzantine, John Mills, and Graham Wade. Mr. Stockdale has given numerous performances as a soloist and chamber musician and has been featured on both English and American radio and television. He has performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with several orchestras and was a recipient of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP award for adventurous programming.
Mr. Stockdale is an active classical and contemporary musician. Among his contemporary performance credits, he has shared the stage with recording artists Michael English, Israel Houghton, Anthony Evans, Paul Baloche, New Life - Desperation Band, Joel Augé, Ken Reynolds and Michael Gungor. His recording credits including: Michael Stockdale Live in Concert, Teach Me Lord, For You I Live, and Reach the World and Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. For the last fifteen years he served as the Chair of the Music Division, Director of the Commercial Music Program and Associate Professor of Music at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids. He was also the musical director for Red Letter Edition.