Michael Oare (b. 1960) earned undergraduate degrees in Music Composition and Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. A veteran music educator, Mr. Oare remains active as a composer, arranger, performer, conductor and adjudicator. As a published composer, he has written numerous arrangements and compositions, with a special interest in music for the young band. One of his works, To Dream in Brushstrokes, is included in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA Publications. His compositions can be found in the catalogues of several major publishing companies, with all his most recent works being published by Hal Leonard.
Since 1991, he has served as the Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. His Great Bridge Middle School Bands consistently receive superior ratings at the annual Virginia Concert Band Performance Assessment and have performed for the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference on four occasions. In 2015, he was appointed conductor of the Bay Youth Wind Ensemble, serving students in grades 7-9 from throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. He maintains state and national professional memberships, is a member of ASCAP, the international bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu, and performs with the Virginia Wind Symphony. He is the 2016 Chesapeake Public Schools’ Middle School Teacher of the Year, a two-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Oare resides in Chesapeake, Virginia and in his spare time enjoys off-shore fishing along the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina.