Michael LaCroix's music has received awards in the SOCAN Foundation's Young Composers Competition in Canada (for his piano work, Potens Nuntius), in the Fourth International Prof. Ivan Spassov Composition Competition in Bulgaria (for Twelve Faces of the Emerald), and an SCI/ASCAP Regional Award (for A Presence Close as Breath). His music has been featured in concerts, festivals, and
workshops across North America, South America, and Europe, by such performers
as: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Cliff Colnot in Chicago and Minnesota; The Orchestre National de Lorraine and conductor Diego Masson in Metz, France as part of the Acanthes Festival; eighth blackbird in Chicago; The Windsor Symphony and composer/conductor Brian Current with a Commissioning of Canadian Compositions grant from the Canada Council for the Arts; Psappha as part of the St. Magnus Festival in Kirkwall, Scotland; mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley; soprano Tony Arnold; tenor Peter Tantsits; the FLUX Quartet at CAMI Hall in NYC; Masumi Per Rostad and Brandon Vamos of the Pacifica Quartet; actor Ofer Ravid; Aventa as part of the Ignite! Composers Workshop; pianist Lisa Kaplan at PianoForte Inc. in Chicago;
by Detroit Symphony Orchestra pianist, Robert Conway in solo concerts in
Detroit and Windsor, Canada, as well as part of a duo with Canadian pianist
Catherine Wilson, commissioning a work for performances in Abbotsford, B.C.,
Toronto, Detroit, and Columbus, OH; the ensemble of the ARCANA Composers’
meeting in Capriolo, Italy; pianist Ciro Longobardi at the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Italy; pianist Daniel Schlosberg in Chicago; pianist Amy Briggs in Chicago; Brazilian concert pianist Paulo Gazzañeo on two
separate tours across South America; Third Angle New Music Ensemble in
Portland, OR; Ensemble Green in California; by the composer as pianist at La Schola Cantorum in Paris,
France, and at the Detroit International Jazz Festival; and others.
LaCroix earned the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition from the University of Chicago, and has held adjunct teaching positions in Canada at the University of Windsor, and in the USA at the Wheaton College Conservatory in Illinois. While in Residence at the University of Chicago, he taught courses in 18th Century Counterpoint, Intro to Composition, Aural Skills, and Harmony and Voice Leading under the guidance of theorists Lawrence Zbikowski and Steven Rings, after assisting both professors the previous year.
LaCroix has also had short term studies or participated in master classes
with internationally recognized composers: Salvatore
Sciarrino, Lukas Foss, Fabio Nieder, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Alasdair Nicolson,
Sally Beamish, Klaus Ib Jørgensen, Michel Gonneville, Michèle Reverdy, Noël Lee, Leslie Bassett, Narcis Bonet, and
Additionally, LaCroix holds a Bachelor of Music
degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from Wayne State University in
Detroit where his main mentors included Matt Michaels and Chris Collins
(jazz improvisation and arranging), James Hartway (composition), Robert
Conway (piano), and Kypros Markou and James Lentini (conducting and
orchestration). As a student at WSU, LaCroix served as Teaching
Assistant in the entire sequence of music theory courses offered at the
school, as well as in courses in piano skills and jazz combo
Recently relocated to Montréal (after more than a
decade in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago), Dr LaCroix and his
wife Elizabeth maintain a studio of private students in piano,
composition, guitar, music theory, and chamber music.
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